Meaning of “autism” in the English Dictionary

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autismnoun [ U ]

us /ˈɔˌtɪz·əm/ medical

a condition that starts in young children and causes behavior that is unusually centered on the self while limiting development of social and communication skills

adjective us /ɔˈtɪs·tɪk/

She works with autistic children.

(Definition of “autism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)