Definition of malformed in US English:



  • 1(of a person or part of the body) abnormally formed; misshapen.

    ‘her ribs are malformed’
    • ‘They are generally reserved only for extreme situations such as that of twins born to a surrogate mother twelve weeks premature and a woman with a malformed uterus.’
    • ‘Tests on animals have a high failure rate, and a tendency to produce sickly and malformed clones.’
    • ‘Such meteorological events could help explain the sudden increase in malformed frogs over such a large and diverse region.’
    • ‘The thyroid gland, located in the neck, is sometimes malformed, or completely undeveloped.’
    • ‘Approximately 5,000 to 7,000 malformed infants were born to women who ingested thalidomide during pregnancy.’
    • ‘However, analysis of internal genitalia revealed that these individuals either have malformed testes or lack internal genitalia.’
    • ‘The birth of a malformed infant also can precipitate a major family crisis, which disrupts the usual parent-infant bonding.’
    • ‘Besides, she was merely thin and not malformed.’
    • ‘Anne was dark-haired, with large eyes, composed and cultivated, with a mole on her neck and a malformed finger.’
    • ‘The mitral and pulmonic valves may be malformed as well.’
    • ‘The first three were so severely malformed they died before the age of five.’
    • ‘The eye globe is distorted and the cornea is malformed; the iris cannot be recognized.’
    • ‘An animal was scored as malformed if either the left or the right leg of a pair was malformed.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, offspring from clutches with no malformed young survived significantly better than offspring from clutches in which young were malformed.’
    • ‘When a baby has a structural birth defect, some part of the body (internal or external) is missing or malformed.’
    • ‘So she still has a severely malformed brain but is breathing on her own.’
    • ‘Their skulls are very small and their brains undeveloped and malformed.’
    • ‘Others had malformed internal organs or eye and ear defects.’
    • ‘The relevant birth defects include missing limbs and malformed hearts.’
    • ‘The treatments were typically instituted because the patients suffered from malformed cervixes which blocked the entry of sperm into the uterus.’
    deformed, distorted, crooked, contorted, wry, misshapen, twisted, warped, out of shape, bent, bandy, skewed, asymmetrical, irregular, misproportioned, ill-proportioned, ill-shaped, disfigured, hunchbacked, abnormal, grotesque, monstrous
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    1. 1.1 Not conforming to a standard type.
      ‘malformed web pages’
      • ‘Application data is not considered, i.e., intentionally malformed packets are not necessarily noticed, assuming their IP headers can be read.’
      • ‘Every protocol and application is vulnerable to malformed data and irregularities inadvertently introduced by the designers and coders of the associated software.’
      • ‘Sloppy programming means applications fail to properly validate inputs - so maliciously constructed, malformed requests can crash a process and be used to inject hostile code into target machines.’
      • ‘Stan sees this as time well spent of course, but with each mistaken stab, hundreds of blank or malformed emails are sent to unwitting recipients.’
      • ‘To attack many users on a subnet, the attacker would send the especially malformed packet to that network's broadcast or multicast address.’
      • ‘This helps to detect malformed words.’
      • ‘If this file is missing, malformed, or misnamed, the widget will not load.’
      • ‘One well-known habit consists of clusters or groups of somewhat malformed or slightly curved cubes arranged in a stair-stepped pattern.’
      • ‘Instead of quarantining malformed messages, the security products happily forwarded them to their destination.’
      • ‘In this way, transient and malformed abdominal waveform shapes were definitely excluded.’
      • ‘Any properly configured firewall should block such a malformed request sent over the Internet, and broadcast and multicast traffic should also be restricted on a properly set up network.’
      • ‘The network checking fails to handle especially malformed network requests properly.’
      • ‘Sending a malformed packet during a Web session with the target machine can result in system-level access.’
      • ‘In December we reported how a malformed text message could crash older mobiles.’
      • ‘When these circumstances occur or an especially malformed request is received, the program does not handle the condition gracefully and fails.’