Asperger syndrome

[ as-per-ger ]
/ ˈæs pər gər /

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 As·per·ger's syn·drome [as-per-gerz] /ˈæs pər gərz/.

Origin of Asperger syndrome

named after Hans Asperger, 1906–80, Austrian pediatrician, who described it in 1944
Also called As·per·ger's, Asperger's disorder.
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British Dictionary definitions for asperger's syndrome

Asperger's syndrome

/ (ˈæspɜːɡəz) /

noun

a form of autism in which the person affected has limited but obsessive interests, and has difficulty relating to other people

Word Origin for Asperger's syndrome

C20: after Hans Asperger (20th century), Austrian physician who first described it
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Medicine definitions for asperger's syndrome

Asperger's syndrome

[ ăspər-gərz ]

n.

A pervasive developmental disorder, usually of childhood, characterized by impairments in social interactions and repetitive behavior patterns.
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Science definitions for asperger's syndrome

Asperger's syndrome

[ ăspər-gərz ]

A developmental disorder characterized by impairment in social interactions and repetitive behavior patterns. It is named after its identifier, Austrian psychiatrist Hans Asperger (1906-1980).
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