abnormal

adjective
ab·​nor·​mal | \ (ˌ)ab-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce abnormal (audio) , əb- \

Definition of abnormal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deviating from the normal or average a person with abnormal [=exceptional] strength abnormal powers of concentration often : unusual in an unwelcome or problematic way abnormal behavior abnormal test results

abnormal

noun

Definition of abnormal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an abnormal person

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Other Words from abnormal

Adjective

abnormally \ (ˌ)ab-​ˈnȯr-​mə-​lē How to pronounce abnormally (audio) , əb-​ \ adverb
behaving abnormally

Examples of abnormal in a Sentence

Adjective The results of the blood test were abnormal. a completely abnormal school day, because half of the kids were out sick
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As a result, some people, like Thomas, may not even realize their relationship with food has become abnormal—another hurdle that can stand in the way of diagnosing someone with orthorexia. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Countless People Are Struggling With an Eating Disorder Doctors Can't Diagnose," 2 Jan. 2020 But an unstable polar vortex causes abnormal and extreme weather. Jim Robbins, Wired, "It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising," 30 Dec. 2019 In it, health officials describe the progression of the woman’s symptoms, which began in July with weakness in her upper extremities and abnormal, painful sensations (dysesthesia). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Woman had 524x the normal level of mercury in her blood from skin cream use," 20 Dec. 2019 When Clark stopped responding to his name as a toddler, his family was given a list of worst-case-scenarios — their son would always be an outsider and abnormal. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "'A Different Way of Thinking': Louisville magician wows crowd with tricks, autism advocacy," 19 Dec. 2019 Noticeable indicators of a puppy carrying the illness include an apparent sluggishness, lack of appetite and abnormal breathing, says the CDC. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Puppies Might Be Responsible for Making Dozens of People Sick in 13 States, CDC Says," 18 Dec. 2019 Regional identity is hardly abnormal in Germany—ask the Bavarians—but in the east it can seem grounded in politics as much as culture or tradition. The Economist, "Germans still don’t agree on what reunification meant," 31 Oct. 2019 Loop electrosurgical excisional procedure, or LEEP, is a common gynecological surgical procedure to remove abnormal cells in the cervix. Fortune, "Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez Get Their Due: The Broadsheet," 12 Sep. 2019 Like any cancer, lung cancer consists of abnormal cells that proliferate in an uncontrolled fashion, do not obey normal signals to die and cannot repair their DNA. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "The test that could save the life of a long-time smoker you know," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of abnormal

Adjective

1817, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abnormal

Adjective

New Latin abnormis "deviating from the average" (going back to Medieval Latin, "not conforming to rule," going back to Latin, "belonging to no school of philosophy," from ab- ab- + norma "carpenter's rule, pattern") + -al entry 1 — more at norm

Noun

noun derivative of abnormal entry 1

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The first known use of abnormal was in 1817

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Abnormal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abnormal. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for abnormal

abnormal

adjective
ab·​nor·​mal | \ ab-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce abnormal (audio) \

Kids Definition of abnormal

: differing from the normal usually in a noticeable way an abnormal growth

Other Words from abnormal

abnormally adverb abnormally small

abnormal

adjective
ab·​nor·​mal | \ (ˈ)ab-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce abnormal (audio) \

Medical Definition of abnormal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deviating from the normal, average, or expected abnormal development results of the Pap smear were abnormal abnormal actions departing from accepted standards of social behavior

Other Words from abnormal

abnormally \ -​mə-​lē How to pronounce abnormally (audio) \ adverb

abnormal

noun

Medical Definition of abnormal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an abnormal person

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