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deformation

[dee-fawr-mey-shuh n, def-er-] /ˌdi fɔrˈmeɪ ʃən, ˌdɛf ər-/
noun
1.
the act of deforming; distortion; disfigurement.
2.
the result of deforming; change of form, especially for the worse.
3.
an altered form.
4.
Geology, Mechanics. a change in the shape or dimensions of a body, resulting from stress; strain.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English deformacioun < Latin dēfōrmātiōn- (stem of dēfōrmātiō), equivalent to dēfōrmāt(us) (past participle of dēfōrmāre; see deform1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
deformational, adjective
nondeformation, noun
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Word Origin and History for de-formation

deformation

n.

mid-15c., "transformation," from Old French deformation and directly from Latin deformationem (nominative deformatio), noun of action from past participle stem of deformare (see deform).

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de-formation in Medicine

deformation de·for·ma·tion (dē'fôr-mā'shən, děf'ər-)
n.

  1. An alteration in shape or structure of a previously normally formed part.

  2. A deformity.

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