Definition of abnormality in English:

abnormality

noun

  • 1An abnormal feature, characteristic, or occurrence.

    ‘babies with congenital abnormalities’
    • ‘There are many abnormalities that may be missed by the untrained eye.’
    • ‘Like albinos and partial albinos, the occurrence of pale birds is the result of genetic abnormalities in both male and female.’
    • ‘Genetic factors such as parental chromosome abnormalities are a major known cause which should be looked for.’
    • ‘The most severely afflicted children may be severely deaf, suffer heart problems and kidney abnormalities.’
    • ‘They can be given to patients who are suffering with heart abnormalities and taken home to record information for diagnosis.’
    • ‘A postmortem on Mr Taylor revealed no abnormalities with his health and there were no traces of alcohol in his body.’
    • ‘Some have surgery for abnormalities that would never lead to invasive cancer.’
    • ‘These abnormalities are caused by defects in the genes that tell the cells how to make collagen.’
    • ‘Hannah was born with multiple abnormalities, including a heart defect, and has learning difficulties.’
    • ‘The proportion of neonatal deaths attributed to major genetic or congenital abnormalities has increased.’
    • ‘Fetal anomaly screening uses ultrasound scanning to find certain abnormalities in the baby.’
    • ‘Some boys get recurrent urinary infections without any kidney abnormalities.’
    • ‘Several congenital abnormalities are rendered less likely by an adequate folate intake.’
    • ‘Cervical screening detects abnormalities which, if left untreated, could lead to cervical cancer.’
    • ‘Antinori takes this as evidence that humans are less likely to suffer abnormalities than animals.’
    • ‘To allow comparison between sexes, X chromosome abnormalities were concurrently studied in women.’
    • ‘This is because scientists look for abnormalities in chromosomes but cannot find any in these patients.’
    • ‘Some experts also say that cleft lip and palate may be a marker for a multitude of severe congenital abnormalities.’
    • ‘It was also possible that drugs used to stimulate ovaries could trigger chromosomal abnormalities.’
    • ‘On rare occasions it has been associated with heart rhythm abnormalities and heart attacks.’
    malformation, deformity, irregularity, flaw
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    1. 1.1mass noun The quality or state of being abnormal.
      ‘miscarriage can be caused by fetal abnormality’
      • ‘There are other ‘grey areas’ where the legality of abortion for fetal abnormality could be questioned.’
      • ‘It puts the case for late abortion and abortion for fetal abnormality, and refutes the claim that abortion is a threat to women's mental and physical health.’
      • ‘If blood or urine tests show any abnormality, detailed evaluation is required.’
      • ‘The multiplication is either triggered by genetic abnormality or external factors.’
      • ‘One reason why this is so, might be that our definitions of abnormality are predicated on definitions of normality.’
      • ‘One definition of health is the state of an organism functioning normally without disease or abnormality.’
      • ‘Questions on mental abnormality are quite common in examinations.’
      • ‘He also requires further assessment by a neurosurgeon to exclude any neurological abnormality in view of his bizarre symptoms and signs.’
      • ‘Anyone whose moles showed signs of abnormality was given a letter yesterday to take back to their GP.’
      • ‘The application of estimates of test performance from one population to another depends on the relation between the range of abnormality in the two groups.’
      • ‘Tests showed no signs of illness or abnormality and there was no evidence of illegal drugs in the 52-year-old man's system.’
      • ‘Reports from British clinics suggest two or three cases a week relate to foetal abnormality.’
      • ‘It is correlated with cuticle abnormality, as described further below.’
      • ‘In his world, normality and abnormality are the same.’
      • ‘When it comes to physical abnormality, the camera can be like an innocent, mercilessly truthful child.’
      • ‘They have to discover the root cause of abnormality, help children perform academically, personally and socially.’
      • ‘Unexplained knee pain should raise the suspicion of hip abnormality.’
      • ‘Then, of course, there are the late abortions requested on the grounds of foetal abnormality and the prospect of severe handicap.’
      • ‘And finally, there is the jewel in the crown of this dynasty of abnormality, David's sister, Amy.’
      • ‘What are the variations in diagnostic tests and interventions for the potential clinical abnormality?’
      unusualness, uncommonness, strangeness, waywardness, oddness, unexpectedness, irregularity, singularity, atypicality, anomalousness, deviation, divergence, aberrance, aberration, freakishness, peculiarity, curiousness, eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, quirkiness, unorthodoxy
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Pronunciation

abnormality

/abnəˈmalɪti//abnɔːˈmalɪti/