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autism spectrum disorder

noun, Pathology
1.
any of various disorders, as autism and Asperger syndrome, commonly manifesting in early childhood and characterized by impaired social or communication skills, repetitive behaviors, or a restricted range of interests.
Also called autistic spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder.
See also spectrum disorder.
Origin
1990-1995
1990-95
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