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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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  • Something odd in the set of the Queen's sails puzzled him until he identified the abnormality.

    Traders Risk Roger Dee
  • I thought the child was a freak, an abnormality; and such things disgust me.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • He fancied that from what Richard had said that Anne would be the antidote for his daughter's abnormality.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • That would have been an abnormality calling for investigation.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • He gave no reason to anyone for suspecting him of abnormality.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
British Dictionary definitions for abnormality


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 abnormality

"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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abnormality 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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