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Asperger disorder

Pronunciation: ahs'per-ger

Definition:

  1. a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by severe and enduring impairment in social skills and restrictive and repetitive behaviors and interests, leading to impaired social and occupational functioning but without significant delays in language development; however, constructs of Asperger disorder other than those in DSM include the criteria of less social impairment than in autism and in impaired communications.
  2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

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