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Asperger syndrome

[as-per-ger]
noun Psychiatry.
a developmental disorder characterized by severely impaired social skills, repetitive behaviors, and often, a narrow set of interests, but not involving delayed development of linguistic and cognitive abilities: now considered one of the autism spectrum disorders.
Also, Asperger's syndrome [as-per-gerz] .
Also called Asperger's, Asperger's disorder.


Origin:
named after Hans Asperger, 1906–80, Austrian pediatrician, who described it in 1944

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