a developmental disorder characterized by severely impaired social skills, repetitive behaviors, and often, a narrow set of interests, but not involving delayed development of linguistic and cognitive abilities: now considered one of the .
a form of autism in which the person affected has limited but obsessive interests, and has difficulty relating to other people
1981, in reference to Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger (1906-1980), who described it in 1944 (and called it autistic psychopathy; German autistischen psychopathen). A standard diagnosis since 1992; recognition of Asperger’s work was delayed, perhaps, because his school and much of his early research was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1944.
The example of autism shows particularly well how even abnormal personalities can be capable of development and adjustment. Possibilities of social integration which one would never have dremt of may arise in the course of development. [Hans Asperger, “Autistic psychopathy in Childhood,” 1944]
Asperger’s syndrome As·per·ger’s syndrome (ās’pər-gərz)
A psychiatric disorder, usually of childhood, characterized by impairments in social interactions and repetitive behavior patterns.
A developmental disorder characterized by impairment in social interactions and repetitive behavior patterns. It is named after its identifier, Austrian psychiatrist Hans Asperger (1906-1980).
the rite of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and people with holy water before High Mass. Historical Examples With a slow movement, he raised three times the Asperges brush, and he purified him with a gentle rain. The Dream Emile Zola Asperges me hyssopo et mundabor, lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor. Olive in Italy Moray […]
a brush or instrument for sprinkling holy water; aspersorium. Historical Examples The brush used for sprinkling is an aspergill (aspergillum), or aspersoir, and the vessel for this water an aspersorium. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7 Various On this table were a silver crucifix, a vase filled with holy water, and an aspergillum. […]
any fungus of the genus Aspergillus, having sporophores with a bristly, knoblike top. Contemporary Examples And with aspergillus, the environment is key: aspergillus is a ubiquitous airborne mold that can cause allergies and hay fever. Contamination Seen as Cause for New Meningitis Outbreak in Five States Kent Sepkowitz October 3, 2012 Historical Examples The aspergillus […]
aspergilloma aspergilloma as·per·gil·lo·ma (ās’pər-jə-lō’mə) n. An infectious granuloma caused by fungi of the genus Aspergillus. A variety of bronchopulmonary aspergillosis characterized by a ball-like mass of the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus in an existing cavity in the lung. Also called fungus ball.