abnormality

noun
ab·​nor·​mal·​i·​ty | \ ˌab-nər-ˈma-lə-tē How to pronounce abnormality (audio) , -(ˌ)nȯr-\
plural abnormalities

Definition of abnormality

1 : something abnormal
2 : the quality or state of being abnormal

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Synonyms & Antonyms for abnormality

Synonyms

anomaly, freak, monster, monstrosity

Antonyms

average, norm, normal, par, standard

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Examples of abnormality in a Sentence

The test results showed several genetic abnormalities. There was some abnormality in his vision.

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Loxo has pioneered an experimental therapy targeting single-gene abnormalities that... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Big Pharma’s Cancer Race," 9 Jan. 2019 Mary Alice also has brittle cornea syndrome, a condition related to Ehlers-Danlos that causes abnormalities of the eye and can lead to her retina becoming detached during activities. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Kind-Hearted Limo Driver Treats Girl With Rare Disorder to Free Luxury Rides to Hospital," 18 May 2018 Another important reason to see a doctor sooner rather than later is that dementia can be caused by other conditions that are treatable, such as depression, endocrine abnormalities, nutritional deficiencies, and reactions to medications. Korin Miller, SELF, "Kathy Griffin Reveals Her Mother Has 'Rapidly Fallen Into the Throes of Dementia'," 4 Jan. 2019 But in many children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, blood tests won’t reveal any significant abnormalities. Korin Miller, SELF, "Claire Foy on What It Was Like to Have 'Extremely Painful' Juvenile Arthritis," 9 Jan. 2019 The Mississippi law would allow exceptions to the 15-week ban in cases of medical emergency or severe fetal abnormality. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Seattle Times, "Mississippi appeal seeks to revive 15-week abortion ban," 17 Dec. 2018 Sometimes those tests reveal an abnormality in a gene linked to the disease, but nobody knows whether that particular quirk is hazardous. Fox News, "Lab test may identify dangerous gene mutations, study finds," 12 Sep. 2018 By altering the surface parameters, it might also be used to detect other cellular abnormalities and perhaps even to monitor sensitivity to and reaction to drugs. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 2018 An internal review revealed abnormalities in the engine-management software of current A6 and A7 models with V-6 diesel motors, Audi said in a statement on Tuesday. Christoph Rauwald And Birgit Jennen, BostonGlobe.com, "Audi halts Diesel A6 deliveries over latest emissions revelation," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of abnormality

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abnormality

abnormal entry 1 + -ity

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abnormality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of abnormality

: something that is not usual, expected, or normal : something that is abnormal

abnormality

noun
ab·​nor·​mal·​i·​ty | \ ˌab-nər-ˈma-lə-tē How to pronounce abnormality (audio) \
plural abnormalities

Kids Definition of abnormality

: something that is not usual, expected, or normal The X-ray showed no abnormalities.

abnormality

noun
ab·​nor·​mal·​i·​ty | \ ˌab-nər-ˈmal-ət-ē, -(ˌ)nȯr- How to pronounce abnormality (audio) \
plural abnormalities

Medical Definition of abnormality

1 : the quality or state of being abnormal
2 : something abnormal brain-wave abnormalities

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