adjective \ə-ˈnä-mə-ləs\

: not expected or usual

Full Definition of ANOMALOUS

:  inconsistent with or deviating from what is usual, normal, or expected :  irregular, unusual
a :  of uncertain nature or classification
b :  marked by incongruity or contradiction :  paradoxical
anom·a·lous·ly adverb
anom·a·lous·ness noun

Examples of ANOMALOUS

  1. Researchers could not explain the anomalous test results.
  2. <that was an anomalous year for the housing industry, so the number of starts is anything but typical>


Late Latin anomalus, from Greek anōmalos, literally, uneven, from a- + homalos even, from homos same — more at same
First Known Use: 1655


adjective \ə-ˈnäm-ə-ləs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANOMALOUS

: deviating from normal <anomalous development> <anomalous pulmonary venous drainage—Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology>; specifically : having abnormal vision with respect to a particular color but not color-blind <she was almost red anomalousNature>


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