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autism

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

autism \autism\ n.

1. (Med.) a mental disorder characterized by inability to engage in normal social interactions and intense self-absorption, and usually accompanied by other symptoms such as language dysfunctions and repetitive behavior.

Note: autism usually manifests itself at an early age [PJC]

2. behavior showing an abnormal level of absorption with one's own thoughts and disregard for external realities. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

autism

noun

1: (psychiatry) an abnormal absorption with the self; marked by communication disorders and short attention span and inability to treat others as people


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