Meaning of autism

au•tism

Pronunciation: (ô'tiz-um), [key]
— n.
  1. a pervasive developmental disorder of children, characterized by impaired communication, excessive rigidity, and emotional detachment.
  2. a tendency to view life in terms of one's own needs and desires.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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