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.

Origin of autism spectrum disorder

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