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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Examples of abnormality in a Sentence

The test results showed several genetic abnormalities. There was some abnormality in his vision.
Recent Examples on the Web At issue is a challenge to Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, a 2018 law that prohibited doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks of gestation except in medical emergency or in case of severe fetal abnormality. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, 18 May 2021 This can either be left alone or removed if the pathology results indicate abnormality. Seraphina Seow, Health.com, 26 May 2021 The placentas from vaccinated women were not any more likely to show signs of injury or abnormality than those from unvaccinated women, the researchers found. New York Times, 13 May 2021 The primary condition is that Medina Spirit, if there’s no betamethasone or other abnormality in a drug test conducted Wednesday, will be allowed to run Saturday. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 The attacks on Iraqi military bases and airports that house U.S. personnel or contractors have gotten so frequent that a week free of rocket fire is almost considered an abnormality. Daniel Depetris, National Review, 12 May 2021 Mandate that medical facilities that perform abortions submit paperwork to the state detailing, for each termination, whether the facility detected a genetic abnormality and how officials had disposed of the remains. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, 19 Apr. 2021 Specialists diagnosed Aldridge with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, an abnormality that can cause a rapid heartbeat, toward the end of his rookie season with the Trail Blazers in April 2007. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021 Launched in 1985, Garbage Pail Kids were originally designed to parody Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, with each character suffering from some sort of abnormality or being put in a violent or vulgar scenario. Bryan Rolli, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of abnormality was in 1847

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12 Jun 2021

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“Abnormality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abnormality. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of abnormality

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


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.


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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