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pervasive developmental disorder

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noun
autism spectrum disorder. Abbreviation: PDD
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Origin of pervasive developmental disorder

First recorded in 1975–80

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Scientific definitions for pervasive developmental disorder

pervasive developmental disorder
[ pər-vāsĭv ]

Any of several developmental disorders, such as autism or Asperger's syndrome, characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication or by the presence of repetitive, stereotyped behaviors. Most of these disorders are evident in the first years of life.
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