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autism

au·tism

autism

pronunciation:
aw tih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition: a developmental disorder usually becoming detectable in very early childhood that is characterized especially by atypical acquisition or use of language as well as atypical patterns of social interaction.
After ruling out other possibilities, the child was diagnosed with autism.
derivation: autistic (adj.)
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The word autism contains the following parts:
-ism1 Greek noun-forming suffix that means act, process, state, practice, or instance of
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The suffix -ism1 attaches to Greek roots to form nouns which usually have a corresponding verb ending in "-ize, -ise". See also -ism2.