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infantile autism

noun, Psychology
a disorder appearing in children before the age of two and a half, characterized by lack of interest in others, impaired communication skills, and bizarre behavior, as ritualistic acts and excessive attachment to objects. Unabridged
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infantile autism in Medicine

infantile autism n.
A severe disorder of childhood characterized by withdrawal, preoccupation with fantasy, language impairment, and abnormal behavior, such as ritualistic acts and excessive object attachment. Also called Kanner's syndrome.

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