Meaning of autism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɔːtɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • A neurodevelopmental condition of variable severity with lifelong effects that can be recognized from early childhood, chiefly characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behaviour.

    ‘students with autism want to be accepted like every other student’
    • ‘her oldest daughter has autism’
    • ‘Children with conditions like cerebral palsy, autism and learning difficulties benefit.’
    • ‘They are reported to have discovered a possible link between fatty acid deficiency and childhood autism.’
    • ‘Again, even if such peptides are discovered, their relationship to autism remains entirely speculative.’
    • ‘Public awareness of autism has increased over recent years, yet early recognition of autism remains variable.’
    • ‘Long before its formal recognition in 1943, the concept of autism appeared in folklore.’
    • ‘But when he was a toddler, he was diagnosed as having a relatively mild form of autism.’
    • ‘It may also play a role in disorders such as autism, where people have difficulties forming social bonds.’


Early 20th century (originally with reference to a condition in which fantasy dominates over reality, regarded as a symptom of schizophrenia and other disorders): from Greek autos ‘self’ + -ism.