- (clinical psychology) A pervasive neurological disorder that is observable in early childhood and persists throughout the lifespan, characterised by atypical communication, language development, eye contact, and sensory experiences.
- 2013 June 29, “A punch in the gut”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 72-3:
- Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible. Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.
- (clinical psychology) Synonym of (disorder); generalization of the specific to a range.
- (historical, clinical psychology, now medically obsolete) A diagnosis involving a pathological tendency to engage in self-centered fantasy thinking, historically considered a symptom of insanity and/or schizophrenia.
- (autism spectrum): autistic spectrum
(the specific, instead of the generalized range):
- autism (the generalized range, instead of the specific)
- autism spectrum
- autistic spectrum
- autism spectrum disorder
- autistic spectrum disorder
- Asperger syndrome / Asperger's syndrome / Asperger's / Asperger
- autism (the specific, instead of the generalized form)
- pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), PDD-NOS
- disability, handicap
- mutism, selective mutism
- special education
- schizoid personality disorder
- schizotypal personality disorder
- autism at OneLook Dictionary Search
- autism in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.