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deformity

[dih-fawr-mi-tee] /dɪˈfɔr mɪ ti/
noun, plural deformities.
1.
the quality or state of being deformed, disfigured, or misshapen.
2.
Pathology. an abnormally formed part of the body.
3.
a deformed person or thing.
4.
hatefulness; ugliness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English deformite < Old French < Latin dēfōrmitās, equivalent to dēfōrm(is) deform2 + -itās -ity
Related forms
nondeformity, noun, plural nondeformities.
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  • He also drew many figures who had significant facial deformities or signs of illness.
British Dictionary definitions for deformities

deformity

/dɪˈfɔːmɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a deformed condition; disfigurement
2.
(pathol) an acquired or congenital distortion of an organ or part
3.
a deformed person or thing
4.
a defect, esp of the mind or morals; depravity
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Word Origin and History for deformities

deformity

n.

early 15c., diformyte, from Old French deformité "deformity, disfigurement," from Latin deformitatem (nominative deformitas) "ugliness," from deformis "misformed, misshapen," from deformare (see deform).

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deformities in Medicine

deformity de·for·mi·ty (dĭ-fôr'mĭ-tē)
n.

  1. The state of being deformed.

  2. A deviation from the normal shape or size of a body part, resulting in disfigurement.

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