Definition of Asperger's syndrome in English:

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Asperger's syndrome

Pronunciation: /ˈaspərɡərz ˌsindrōm/
(also Asperger syndrome)

noun

A developmental disorder related to autism and characterized by higher than average intellectual ability coupled with impaired social skills and restrictive, repetitive patterns of interest and activities.
Example sentences
  • We reviewed them for evidence of the spectrum of autistic disorders, including Asperger's syndrome.
  • The definition of autism changed in 1994 to include milder forms of the disorder, such as Asperger's syndrome, in which children lack social skills but are often highly verbal.
  • The affliction has also been likened to Asperger's syndrome, a mild variant of autism.

Origin

Named after Hans Asperger (1906–80), the Austrian psychiatrist who described the condition in 1944.

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Syllabification: As·per·ger's syn·drome

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