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malformation

[mal-fawr-mey-shuh n, -fer-] /ˌmæl fɔrˈmeɪ ʃən, -fər-/
noun
1.
faulty or anomalous formation or structure, especially in a living body:
malformation of the teeth.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; mal- + formation
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Examples for malformation
  • In connection with the bones of the face a common malformation is cleft palate.
  • Among grandsons, the only ones to have the malformation were the sons of daughters who were exposed to the drug prenatally.
British Dictionary definitions for malformation

malformation

/ˌmælfɔːˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the condition of being faulty or abnormal in form or shape
2.
(pathol) a deformity in the shape or structure of a part, esp when congenital
Derived Forms
malformed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for malformation
malformation
1800, from mal- + formation.
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malformation in Medicine

malformation mal·for·ma·tion (māl'fôr-mā'shən)
n.
Abnormal or anomalous formation or structure; deformity.

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Encyclopedia Article for malformation

in biology, irregular or abnormal structural development. Malformations occur in both plants and animals and have a number of causes.

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