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malformed

[mal-fawrmd] /mælˈfɔrmd/
adjective
1.
faultily or anomalously formed.
Origin of malformed
1810-1820
1810-20; mal- + formed
Synonyms
misshapen, deformed, distorted, contorted.
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  • Brian, watching him, reflected that this malformed freebooter could be venomous-looking at times.

    Nuala O'Malley H. Bedford-Jones
  • If he was often malformed in body and mind, this was the fault of his sins.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • It had a sort of a malformed skull or jaw-bone or something.

    Vanished Arizona Martha Summerhayes
  • Under these were the Schrees, and under these the malformed working caste or castes.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • His right arm is malformed, and only a very strong man, with two strong arms, could have performed that feat.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • In addition, skulls of many young and even juveniles were malformed.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • His enormous feet assist him in the task; beneath his cap one detects the malformed head of a crétin.

  • The frontal sinuses of the type are malformed as a result of infestation by parasites.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • Her heart was heavy because of the child, almost as if it were unhealthy, or malformed.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Tiny, malformed, and bandy-legged, it was still the spitting image of him.

Word Origin and History for malformed
adj.

1801, from mal- + formed, past participle of form (v.).

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malformed in Medicine

malformed mal·formed (māl-fôrmd')
adj.
Abnormally or faultily formed.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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