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autismnoun [U]

uk   /ˈɔː.tɪ.zəm/  us   /ˈɑː.t̬ɪ.zəm/
a ​failure to ​developsocialabilities, ​language, and other ​communicationskills to the ​usuallevel: Autism is four ​times more ​common in ​boys than in ​girls.
autistic
adjective uk   /ɔːˈtɪs.tɪk/  us   /ɑːˈtɪs.tɪk/
One ​child in 5,000 is autistic.
(Definition of autism from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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autismnoun [U]

 us   /ˈɔˌtɪz·əm/ medical
an ​illness that ​starts in ​youngchildren and ​causesbehavior that is ​unusuallycentered on the ​self while limiting ​development of ​social and ​communicationskills
autistic
adjective  us   /ɔˈtɪs·tɪk/
She ​works with autistic ​children.
(Definition of autism from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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