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[dih-fawr-mi-tee] /dɪˈfɔr mɪ ti/
noun, plural deformities.
the quality or state of being deformed, disfigured, or misshapen.
Pathology. an abnormally formed part of the body.
a deformed person or thing.
hatefulness; ugliness.
Origin of deformity
1350-1400; Middle English deformite < Old French < Latin dēfōrmitās, equivalent to dēfōrm(is) deform2 + -itās -ity
Related forms
nondeformity, noun, plural nondeformities. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deformity
  • Inbreeding in the spirit of preserving the blood lines of nobility, or whatever, produces mental and physical deformity.
  • Pulmonary function testing may be useful to determine the impact of the deformity on the performance of the heart and lungs.
  • If not drained promptly, this can result in an abscess or a permanent deformity that causes a nasal blockage.
  • Worsening of the contracture may result in deformity and loss of function of the hand.
  • They do not celebrate deformity but by dwelling on deformity, they sing of health and energy.
  • For debilitating deformity or pain, surgery is an option.
  • Volkmann's contracture is a deformity of the hand, fingers, and wrist caused by injury to the muscles of the forearm.
  • Older children who still have a foot deformity after surgery may need more surgery.
  • The condition can be caused by deformity or damage to the urethra, bladder, or pelvic muscles.
  • deformity turns out to be the price paid all too often for some glorious but momentary physical transformation.
British Dictionary definitions for deformity


noun (pl) -ties
a deformed condition; disfigurement
(pathol) an acquired or congenital distortion of an organ or part
a deformed person or thing
a defect, esp of the mind or morals; depravity
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Word Origin and History for deformity

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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deformity in Medicine

deformity de·for·mi·ty (dĭ-fôr'mĭ-tē)

  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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