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 atypical (audio) \ noun, plural atypicalities
atypically \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈti-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce atypical (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 Someone with atypical cognition and fine-motor-delays, for instance, may struggle with remembering the passcode (characters and their order) and physically typing them in (tapping the keypad). Steven Aquino, Forbes, "Why Unlocking Your iPhone with Apple Watch Matters For Accessibility," 6 May 2021 Convincing hesitant Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus had the governor of West Virginia last week taking the atypical step of offering $100 savings bonds to residents 35 and younger to roll up their sleeves. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Target offers $5 coupons to those who get vaccinated in its stores," 4 May 2021 In her order Thursday, Nathan directed the government to find out if Maxwell is being subjected to flashlight surveillance every 15 minutes at night or any other atypical flashlight surveillance. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Ghislaine Maxwell's brother calls lock-up a 'house of horrors'; judge seeks answers for alleged treatment," 30 Apr. 2021 There will not be too many do-it-yourself graduations, but across the country, parents and graduates will confront commencements in May that are as atypical, modified and sometimes contentious as the past school year has been. New York Times, "The Many Ways Colleges Are Handling Covid-Complicated Graduations," 30 Apr. 2021 Also atypical to see a pair of powerhouses in cahoots like this, but K.C. further solidified an offensive line that was its undoing in Super Bowl 55, while Baltimore bolstered its draft options while solving a looming personnel issue. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Orlando Brown Jr. trade winners, losers: Who made out best in Ravens-Chiefs swap?," 25 Apr. 2021 With many of the biggest studio films put on hold, smaller, lower-budget films — many of them streamed — were much of 2020′s atypical output. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, "Is this an ‘Asterisk Oscars’ or a sign of things to come?," 25 Apr. 2021 With many of the biggest studio films put on hold, smaller, lower-budget films — many of them streamed — were much of 2020's atypical output. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Is this an 'Asterisk Oscars' or a sign of things to come?," 22 Apr. 2021 While the Heat advanced to last season’s NBA Finals as the No. 5 seed in the East, that was under the atypical circumstances of the quarantine bubble setting of the Disney World bubble. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat playoff push arrives at crucial crossroads in Atlanta," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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“Atypical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atypical. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for atypical

atypical

adjective

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 atypical (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

noun

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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