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 \ -​mə-​lē How to pronounce abnormally (audio) \ 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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These imbalances can also cause symptoms like abnormal heart rhythms, weakness, confusion and seizures, per the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019 The Pap checks for abnormal cells that may become cancer cells, while the HPV test looks for the human papilloma virus, which can sometimes lead to cervical cancer. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Does A Pap Smear Hurt?!," 29 Jan. 2019 Your doctor may also put a dye called fluorescein into your eyeball to temporarily tint abnormal, infected areas of your cornea (the dome of thin tissue covering part of your eye). Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "So, You Got Semen in Your Eye. Here's What to Do," 1 Mar. 2019 Read more: Spending days playing at other homes showed me the normalcy of life and also the abnormal aspects of mine. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Resisting pressure to break diets," 6 July 2018 Quite how abnormal that season was has been laid bare in the months since. Rory Smith, New York Times, "At Real Madrid, a Reign Fueled by Wins, and Dependent on More," 14 Feb. 2018 None of these normal things matter to the Chargers because the Chargers are abnormal. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL Team With Road-Field Advantage," 10 Jan. 2019 The proteosome is a complex of enzymes in the skin that eliminate abnormal or damaged proteins. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "La Prairie Wants You To Spend $655 On a Pre-Serum Lotion," 6 Feb. 2019 Chronic wasting disease is a transmissible disease caused by abnormal prion, or protein. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baiting and feeding bans initiated due to CWD-positive deer farm in Marinette County," 6 July 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

Noun

noun derivative of abnormal entry 1

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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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