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autism spectrum disorder

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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.
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Origin of autism spectrum disorder

First recorded in 1990–95
Also called autistic spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder.
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