autism spectrum disorder

noun Pathology.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019