abnormal

adjective
ab·​nor·​mal | \(ˌ)ab-ˈnȯr-məl, 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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Adjective

abnormally \-​mə-​lē \ 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

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Inflammation is not present in Type 2, but abnormal metabolic markers are, including insulin resistance and extremely low levels of certain vitamins and hormones. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 This condition occurs when abnormal blood vessels start growing into the clear tissue of the cornea. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Delivering drugs directly to the eye using microneedles that dissolve," 9 Nov. 2018 The offense spreads the field to take advantage of its full dimensions and passes out of the shotgun with abnormal frequency, because pass plays are statistically more efficient than running plays. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "When Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes Played in College, the NFL Saw Its Future," 1 Nov. 2018 Tachycardia is a condition that produces an abnormal heart rate. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "10 Significant Moments You Missed From 'This Is Us' Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 These inoperable desmoid tumors worked their way into my small bowel, establishing fistulas, or abnormal connections. Denise Teter, Philly.com, "For a colorectal cancer survivor on IV nutrition, airport security is another hurdle to vault," 11 July 2018 Those issues included abnormal levels of liver enzymes and bilirubin (a compound usually excreted by the liver). Korin Miller, SELF, "Turmeric Supplements May Have Caused This Woman's Liver Disease," 24 Sep. 2018 In 2009, Pechstein was barred from competing for two years because her blood showed an abnormal level of immature red blood cells. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "Claudia Pechstein Is a 45-Year-Old Olympian. So Why Is It So Tough to Cheer?," 12 Feb. 2018 Fourie said the bank fielded a lot of customer queries on Tuesday, and hadn’t seen an abnormal level of withdrawals, without providing specific data. Franz Wild, Bloomberg.com, "Trader Who Shorted Steinhoff Leaves Capitec Rattled and South Africa Confused," 30 Jan. 2018

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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

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noun derivative of abnormal entry 1

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abnormal

adjective
ab·​nor·​mal | \ab-ˈnȯr-məl \

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 \

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 \ adverb

abnormal

noun

Medical Definition of abnormal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an abnormal person

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