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 Similarly, the team found alterations in gene expression and protein production in exposed cells, some of which are associated with changes in cancer, inflammation and injuries or with abnormal function in organs. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Health Concerns Mount as More Old Sewer Pipes Are Lined with Plastic," 25 Nov. 2019 Any game that appears abnormal — either in the field or after dressing — should not be consumed. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Another deadly mosquito-borne disease is found in Minnesota grouse," 23 Nov. 2019 Certain marginalized groups demonstrate abnormal patterns of gene activity in genes responsible for innate immunity. April Thames, The Conversation, "Study: Racism shortens lives and hurts health of blacks by promoting genes that lead to inflammation and illness," 17 Oct. 2019 The others were treated as many people with abnormal stress tests are now: They were taken to cardiac catheterization labs for angiograms. BostonGlobe.com, "The results challenge medical dogma and call into question some of the most common practices in heart care. They are the strongest evidence yet that tens of thousands of costly stent procedures and bypass operations each year are unnecessary or premature for people with stable disease.," 17 Nov. 2019 The others were treated as many people with abnormal stress tests are now: They were taken to cardiac catheterization labs for angiograms. Washington Post, "Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures," 16 Nov. 2019 Patients with abnormal stress tests should talk to their doctors about the options, Dr. Maron said. New York Times, "Surgery for Blocked Arteries Is Often Unwarranted, Researchers Find," 16 Nov. 2019 The others were treated as many people with abnormal stress tests are now: They were taken to cardiac catheterization labs for angiograms. Marilynn Marchione, Anchorage Daily News, "Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures," 16 Nov. 2019 Those severe outcomes can include seizure-like activity, abnormal heart rate and blood pressure, and in severe cases, coma. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "As Michigan gets closer to recreational weed sales, here's how it can affect your health," 15 Nov. 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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5 Dec 2019

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“Abnormal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abnormal. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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