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abnormality

[ab-nawr-mal-i-tee] /ˌæb nɔrˈmæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural abnormalities.
1.
an abnormal condition, state, or quality; irregularity; deviation.
2.
an abnormal thing or event.
Also, abnormalcy.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; abnormal + -ity
Synonyms
anomaly, aberration, peculiarity, oddity, idiosyncrasy.
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Examples from the web for abnormality
  • The abnormality occurs when an embryo is damaged in the womb.
  • The motives behind this are to be treated as perfectly normal human, not as an abnormality.
  • Another study found that mice with a genetic abnormality that eliminated their brown fat became obese even without overeating.
  • In some cases, an abnormality may occur as the cells as growing in the lab dish.
  • For one thing, those who have the condition show no abnormality other than hirsutism.
  • Any abnormality in this intricate system of hormone synthesis and production can have far-reaching consequences on health.
  • Bill's attorneys want to introduce the pictures as evidence that their client has a brain abnormality.
  • When a sudden abnormality in the balance of the signals occurs, the result is a pattern of eye movements referred to as nystagmus.
  • Phobias are a readily recognizable example of this abnormality.
  • Also, if he first human had the genetic abnormality to cause neoteny, that alone would cause an increase in brain size.
British Dictionary definitions for abnormality

abnormality

/ˌæbnɔːˈmælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
an abnormal feature, event, etc
2.
a physical malformation; deformity
3.
deviation from the typical or usual; irregularity
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Word Origin and History for abnormality
n.

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

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abnormality in Medicine

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

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