atypical

adjective
atyp·​i·​cal | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce atypical (audio) \

Definition of atypical

1 : not typical : irregular, unusual an atypical form of a disease atypical weather for this area
2 medical : relating to or being an antipsychotic drug (such as risperidone) that tends to produce fewer adverse side effects on movement (such as dyskinesia) than previously used antipsychotic drugs (such as haloperidol) Atypical antipsychotics work more precisely, manipulating both dopamine and serotonin and suppressing symptoms without causing so many associated problems.— Jeffrey Kluger

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Other Words from atypical

atypicality \ ˌā-​ˌti-​pə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce atypicality (audio) \ noun, plural atypicalities
atypically \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈti-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce atypically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of atypical in a Sentence

the postal service delivered the package with atypical speed since that's an atypical response for an infant, you might want to have her hearing tested
Recent Examples on the Web The transition to Yew from Dennis Zacek, the longtime Victory Gardens artistic director, was rocky, which is not atypical following the departure of an artistic leader of long tenure. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Victory Gardens Theater artistic director Chay Yew will step down," 5 Dec. 2019 That is atypical in recent years for the Knicks, who have often stocked the franchise with veterans because of a lack of draft picks after poor front office decisions. New York Times, "Learning the Hard Way What It Means to Be a Top Pick for the Knicks," 7 Mar. 2020 This year's tag window has been atypical, sliding later into the calendar amid ongoing collective bargaining negotiations, which have generated an additional wrinkle. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL franchise tag primer: Breaking down options for all 32 teams in 2020," 6 Mar. 2020 The pattern of assignments of these soon-to-be-famous officers was not atypical. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 And the people who are mildly symptomatic shed as much virus as the people who are very sick and that's atypical. CBS News, "Transcript: Scott Gottlieb on "Face the Nation," March 1, 2020," 1 Mar. 2020 The two women weren’t atypical of No. 3’s working-class ridership. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio bus ridership — after a long decline — is up sharply on some routes," 11 Feb. 2020 Because their presentation can be atypical, their heart attacks may often be misdiagnosed as panic attacks. Stefanie Gordon, Woman's Day, "Is It a Heart Attack or Anxiety Attack? Here's What You Need to Know," 7 Feb. 2020 In deciding to grant spring sports athletes an extra year of eligibility as compensation for their seasons being shut down by the coronavirus, the NCAA has demonstrated both uncharacteristic compassion and atypical extravagance. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "The NCAA has chosen empathy in its quest to extend eligibility. It will cost schools," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of atypical

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for atypical

see typical

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18 May 2020

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“Atypical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atypical. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for atypical

atypical

adjective
How to pronounce atypical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of atypical

: not typical : not usual or normal

atypical

adjective
atyp·​i·​cal | \ ˈā-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce atypical (audio) \

Kids Definition of atypical

: not usual or normal : not typical an atypical case

Other Words from atypical

atypically adverb

atypical

adjective
atyp·​i·​cal | \ (ˈ)ā-ˈtip-i-kəl How to pronounce atypical (audio) \

Medical Definition of atypical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not typical : not like the usual or normal type The procedure, ductal lavage, washes cells from the milk ducts, where 95 percent of breast cancers start. Tests can then be performed to look for atypical or abnormal cells.— Judith Groch, The New York Times, 20 Nov. 2001 The results of treatment of patients with gallstones are less successful in individuals with atypical pain patterns or painless dyspepsia …The Journal of the American Medical Association, 24 Feb. 1993 In some patients with atypical dysgenesis, the smear may show slight proliferation.— George L Wied et al., Compendium on Diagnostic Cytology, 1976
2 : relating to or being an antipsychotic drug (such as aripiprazole and risperidone) that tends to produce fewer adverse side effects on movement (such as akathisia or dyskinesia) than previously used antipsychotic drugs (such as haloperidol) Atypical antipsychotics work more precisely, manipulating both dopamine and serotonin and suppressing symptoms without causing so many associated problems.— Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 19 Aug. 2002 Although studies indicated that the atypical drugs are similar to the conventional drugs in reducing psychotic symptoms and produce few neurologic effects, the evidence of their superior efficacy has been neither consistent nor robust …— Jeffrey A. Lieberman et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 22 Sept. 2005

Other Words from atypical

atypically \ (ˈ)ā-​ˈtip-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce atypically (audio) \ adverb
Atypically depressed patients often show a different clinical picture from those with "classical" major depression. — Ronald Pies, The New York Times, 31 July 2007

atypical

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Medical Definition of atypical (Entry 2 of 2)

: an atypical antipsychotic drug ((see atypical entry 1 sense 2)) Her 24-year-old daughter, diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1993, had problems with two types of atypicals before a third proved successful.— Stephaan Harris, USA Today, 28 June 1999

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