Definition of abnormality in English:

abnormality

noun

  • 1An abnormal feature, characteristic, or occurrence:

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

/abnɔːˈmalɪti/