Definitions for Autismˈɔ tɪz əm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
au•tismˈɔ tɪz əm(n.)
a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by impaired communication, extreme self-absorption, and detachment from reality.
Origin of autism:
1910–15; < Gk aut(ós) self + -ism
(psychiatry) an abnormal absorption with the self; marked by communication disorders and short attention span and inability to treat others as people
Bio-neurological disorder that is observable in early childhood with symptoms of abnormal self-absorption, characterised by lack of response to other humans and by limited ability or disinclination to communicate and socialize.
Origin: Coined in 1912 by Swiss psychiatrist Paul Bleuler (1857-1939) from autismus, from αὐτός.