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[im-bal-uh ns] /ɪmˈbæl əns/
the state or condition of lacking balance, as in proportion or distribution.
faulty muscular or glandular coordination.
Origin of imbalance
1895-1900; im-2 + balance Unabridged
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Examples from the web for imbalance
  • Another frequent reason for lack of successful fertilization is chromosomal imbalance.
  • It is not the moments of imbalance that are rare, it is the moments of balance.
  • Sickness comes from blocks or imbalance in the body's qi.
  • At the first sign of any imbalance in the system, steps are taken to locate and eliminate the cause.
  • The statistical bumps observed in the study are in addition to that slight natural imbalance.
  • The extreme imbalance of wealth and resources in the world.
  • However, the imbalance between basic life needs and rampant consumerism has upset the equilibrium of nature.
  • When fishing ceased, the imbalance between predators and prey began reversing almost immediately.
  • When an imbalance occurs, every organism in the food web suffers.
  • Monitor the compost for offensive odors, which indicate an imbalance in the compost ratio.
British Dictionary definitions for imbalance


a lack of balance, as in emphasis, proportion, etc: the political imbalance of the programme
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Word Origin and History for imbalance

1895, from im- "not" + balance (n.).

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imbalance in Medicine

imbalance im·bal·ance (ĭm-bāl'əns)

  1. A lack of balance, as in distribution or functioning.

  2. Lack of equality in some aspect of binocular vision, as in strabismus.

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