pervasive developmental disorder

[ per-vey-siv di-vel-uhp-muhn-tl dis-awr-der ]

noun
  1. autism spectrum disorder. Abbreviation: PDD

Origin of pervasive developmental disorder

1
First recorded in 1975–80

Words Nearby pervasive developmental disorder

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Scientific definitions for pervasive developmental disorder

pervasive developmental disorder

[ pər-vāsĭv ]


  1. 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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