Definition of deformity in English:

deformity

noun

  • 1A deformed part, especially of the body; a malformation:

    ‘deformities of the hands or feet’
    • ‘Babies and farm animals are born with terrible deformities.’
    • ‘He was born with deformities in both legs but nevertheless became a champion rider and high jumper in his teens.’
    • ‘The third category consists of patients with medical conditions that have caused deformities of the face or body.’
    • ‘Those children who did survive suffered from disfiguring deformities.’
    • ‘The vast majority die in the womb and many that survive have defects and deformities.’
    • ‘Children are born with deformities and girls do not menstruate until they are 18.’
    • ‘What does a foot look like in an adult born with unilateral clubfoot deformities that was treated with the Ponseti Method?’
    • ‘She told us this was part of a big fundraising push and the money raised from the single will go to help children that have been born with deformities because of chemical warfare.’
    • ‘They brought pictures of children that had been born with deformities that were just terrible.’
    • ‘It's an international charity that gives free surgery to kids born with facial deformities.’
    • ‘It is characterized by a wide variety of deformities, namely malformations and overgrowth of soft tissue and bone.’
    • ‘Leukaemia and cleft palate deformities were, and are, rife.’
    • ‘Many of these kittens are inbred and born with deformities and disease.’
    • ‘A foetus was aborted at 25 weeks because it had amniotic band syndrome, which causes deformities in the body parts.’
    • ‘Both animals were born with skeletal deformities which Mr Hanrahan says continue to be a regular occurrence on his farm.’
    • ‘Jade, who celebrates her tenth birthday on Sunday, was born with rare deformities and had her legs amputated in 1998.’
    • ‘Abnormalities and deformities put the patient at risk for ulceration.’
    • ‘The singer, who was born with deformities of his lower limbs, had both legs amputated during his 20s.’
    • ‘Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as bunions, hammer toes, and charcot feet.’
    • ‘Chocolate Labrador Lulu was born with deformities in her hip joints and knee muscles and needed four major operations.’
    malformation, misshapenness, disproportion, distortion, crookedness
    imperfection, abnormality, irregularity
    ugliness, unsightliness, defacement, disfigurement
    defect, flaw, blemish
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] The state of being deformed or misshapen:
      ‘respiratory problems caused by spinal deformity’
      • ‘Even those who don't flinch at the sight of physical deformity may be socially uncomfortable around someone with a handicap.’
      • ‘Any abnormality or change of these chromosomes causes congenital deformity and abnormal function.’
      • ‘In some ways, deformity is a lot more difficult to handle than disability.’
      • ‘Despite prompt intervention, including drainage under general anaesthetic, cosmetic deformity proved difficult to avoid.’
      • ‘Bernard is fascinated, though still disgusted at the thought of injury, dirt, or deformity.’
      • ‘If left untreated scarring and deformity can occur.’
      • ‘This made removal difficult or impossible without a great deal of scarring and deformity.’
      • ‘Of the group, 1127 had problems like neuropathy and deformity and 536 patients suffered from infections.’
      • ‘But having set up Let's Face It, a charity to support the disfigured, she has seen how severe facial deformity has destroyed the lives of so many.’
      • ‘Arm span measurement is difficult and inaccurate in the presence of weakness or of joint or spinal deformity.’
      • ‘Delays in getting treatment for injuries could lead to people suffering disability, deformity and pain, doctors warn.’
      • ‘Her flowing, black hair that reached the back of knees shone in the filtered sunlight and her complexion showed no trace of scar or deformity.’
      • ‘As plastic surgeons, we deal with deformity, we deal with birth defect, we deal with injuries and there we try to make those patients happy.’
      • ‘Many patients usually wish to conceal their condition as far as possible, to avoid embarrassment and being stigmatised by visible physical deformity.’
      • ‘Early treatment of the chicks by a veterinarian can often prevent the actual loss of a toe, although a scar or deformity sometimes remains for life.’
      • ‘They saw beyond his external condition of deformity and poverty and perceived a different kind of beauty.’
      • ‘The most common deformity of all was a condition of the chicken's hock (what would be our knee).’
      • ‘When spinal deformity, weakness, or immobility is present, height measurement is difficult and inaccurate.’
      • ‘In Delacroix's mind, too, disease, deformity, and physical frailty marked the privileged creator.’
      • ‘Where no other complications exist, surgery promises almost complete relief from pain, deformity and disability.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French desformite, from Latin deformitas, from deformis misshapen.

Pronunciation:

deformity

/dɪˈfɔːmɪti/