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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.
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derivation: autistic (adj.)
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