Definition of abnormality in English:

abnormality

noun

  • 1An abnormal feature, characteristic, or occurrence.

    ‘babies with congenital abnormalities’
    • ‘Some have surgery for abnormalities that would never lead to invasive cancer.’
    • ‘Hannah was born with multiple abnormalities, including a heart defect, and has learning difficulties.’
    • ‘This is because scientists look for abnormalities in chromosomes but cannot find any in these patients.’
    • ‘Like albinos and partial albinos, the occurrence of pale birds is the result of genetic abnormalities in both male and female.’
    • ‘A postmortem on Mr Taylor revealed no abnormalities with his health and there were no traces of alcohol in his body.’
    • ‘Fetal anomaly screening uses ultrasound scanning to find certain abnormalities in the baby.’
    • ‘It was also possible that drugs used to stimulate ovaries could trigger chromosomal abnormalities.’
    • ‘Genetic factors such as parental chromosome abnormalities are a major known cause which should be looked for.’
    • ‘Antinori takes this as evidence that humans are less likely to suffer abnormalities than animals.’
    • ‘The proportion of neonatal deaths attributed to major genetic or congenital abnormalities has increased.’
    • ‘Cervical screening detects abnormalities which, if left untreated, could lead to cervical cancer.’
    • ‘These abnormalities are caused by defects in the genes that tell the cells how to make collagen.’
    • ‘On rare occasions it has been associated with heart rhythm abnormalities and heart attacks.’
    • ‘Some experts also say that cleft lip and palate may be a marker for a multitude of severe congenital abnormalities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can be given to patients who are suffering with heart abnormalities and taken home to record information for diagnosis.’
    • ‘Several congenital abnormalities are rendered less likely by an adequate folate intake.’
    • ‘There are many abnormalities that may be missed by the untrained eye.’
    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’
      • ‘It is correlated with cuticle abnormality, as described further below.’
      • ‘Then, of course, there are the late abortions requested on the grounds of foetal abnormality and the prospect of severe handicap.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have to discover the root cause of abnormality, help children perform academically, personally and socially.’
      • ‘In his world, normality and abnormality are the same.’
      • ‘The multiplication is either triggered by genetic abnormality or external factors.’
      • ‘What are the variations in diagnostic tests and interventions for the potential clinical abnormality?’
      • ‘If blood or urine tests show any abnormality, detailed evaluation is required.’
      • ‘There are other ‘grey areas’ where the legality of abortion for fetal abnormality could be questioned.’
      • ‘Questions on mental abnormality are quite common in examinations.’
      • ‘Unexplained knee pain should raise the suspicion of hip abnormality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reports from British clinics suggest two or three cases a week relate to foetal abnormality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And finally, there is the jewel in the crown of this dynasty of abnormality, David's sister, Amy.’
      • ‘He also requires further assessment by a neurosurgeon to exclude any neurological abnormality in view of his bizarre symptoms and signs.’
      • ‘Tests showed no signs of illness or abnormality and there was no evidence of illegal drugs in the 52-year-old man's system.’
      • ‘When it comes to physical abnormality, the camera can be like an innocent, mercilessly truthful child.’
      • ‘Anyone whose moles showed signs of abnormality was given a letter yesterday to take back to their GP.’

Pronunciation:

abnormality

/abnɔːˈmalɪti//abnəˈmalɪti/