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[ab-nawr-mal-i-tee] /ˌæb nɔrˈmæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural abnormalities.
an abnormal condition, state, or quality; irregularity; deviation.
an abnormal thing or event.
Also, abnormalcy.
Origin of abnormality
1850-55; abnormal + -ity
anomaly, aberration, peculiarity, oddity, idiosyncrasy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abnormalities
  • The telomeres act as caps that stop chromosomes deteriorating, or fusing with other chromosomes to cause abnormalities.
  • Wild frogs collected from areas with atrazine showed the same number of abnormalities.
  • Regular physical activity can help control blood lipid abnormalities, diabetes and obesity.
  • According to researchers dyscalculia is inherited, and specific abnormalities in the brain might be a cause.
  • Neurotransmitter abnormalities have long been a focus of autism research.
  • There is also intriguing evidence of abnormalities in the immune system.
  • It develops diagnostic technologies able to find smaller and smaller abnormalities.
  • Abnormal results mean there is an abnormalities in the size, shape, coloring or coating of the red blood cells.
  • Similarly, language abnormalities are more common in relatives of autistic children.
  • Cerebral palsy is caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain.
British Dictionary definitions for abnormalities


noun (pl) -ties
an abnormal feature, event, etc
a physical malformation; deformity
deviation from the typical or usual; irregularity
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Word Origin and History for abnormalities



"quality of being abnormal," 1854; "abnormal feature or quality," 1859, from abnormal + -ity. Earlier as abnormity (1731).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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abnormalities in Medicine

abnormality ab·nor·mal·i·ty (āb'nôr-māl'ĭ-tē)
An anomaly, malformation, or difference from the normal.

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