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autism

noun [U] uk   /ˈɔː.tɪ.zəm/  us   /ˈɑː.t̬ɪ-/
a failure to develop social abilities, language, and other communication skills to the usual level: Autism is four times more common in boys than in girls.
autistic
adjective uk   /ɔːˈtɪs.tɪk/  us   /ɑː-/
One child in 5,000 is autistic.
Translations of “autism”
in Vietnamese bệnh tự kỷ…
in Spanish Autismo…
in Thai ความผิดปกติทางการสื่อสารและอารมณ์…
in Malaysian autisme…
in Chinese (Traditional) 孤獨症, 自閉症…
in Indonesian autisme, gangguan komunikasi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 孤独症, 自闭症…
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