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imbalance

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noun im·bal·ance \(ˌ)im-ˈba-lən(t)s\

Simple Definition of imbalance

  • : a state or condition in which different things do not occur in equal or proper amounts

Full Definition of imbalance

  1. :  lack of balance :  the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion <a vitamin imbalance> <racial imbalance in schools>

im·bal·anced play \-lən(t)st\ adjective

Examples of imbalance

  1. Her depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

  2. the problem of racial imbalance in schools



Circa 1890

First Known Use of imbalance

circa 1890

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imbalance

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noun im·bal·ance \(ˈ)im-ˈbal-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of imbalance

  1. :  lack of balance :  the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion: asa:  loss of parallel relation between the optical axes of the eyes caused by faulty action of the extrinsic muscles and often resulting in diplopiab:  absence of biological equilibrium <a vitamin imbalance> <if the ductus arteriosus fails to close, a circulatory imbalance results—E. B. Steen & Ashley Montagu>c:  a disproportion between the number of males and females in a population

  2. im·bal·anced \-ən(t)st\play adjective




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