deformity

noun
de·​for·​mi·​ty | \ di-ˈfȯr-mə-tē How to pronounce deformity (audio) , dē-\
plural deformities

Definition of deformity

1 : the state of being deformed
2 : imperfection, blemish: such as
a : a physical blemish or distortion : disfigurement
b : a moral or aesthetic flaw or defect

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Examples of deformity in a Sentence

a disease causing deformity of the spine a primitive culture that cast aside infants born with deformities, allowing them to die of exposure to the elements

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Aldrin, whose last name was not disclosed, was born with a severe leg deformity that left him in unbearable pain from simply standing, and prevented him from walking long distances, Fox 35 Orlando reported. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Boy with deformed legs undergoes life-changing surgery at Tebow CURE Hospital," 27 July 2018 Fallout from American nuclear testing had made the atoll uninhabitable, but the Americans had declared it clear, despite a horrifically high rate of stillbirths, deformities and cancers. The Economist, "Obituary: Steve Sawyer died on July 31st," 22 Aug. 2019 That is why single genetic mutations can have major repercussions such as organ system deformities, or minor ones such as creating a different blood group. Quanta Magazine, "How the DNA Computer Program Makes You and Me," 5 Apr. 2018 The nonprofit is dedicated to transforming the lives of infants, children and teens with physical deformities through free reconstructive surgery and other health services. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, July 11," 11 July 2019 However it is designated, Shahar said, the formation is a sign of a serious deformity in posture. nola.com, "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls; researchers blame phone use," 22 June 2019 However it is designated, Shahar said, the formation is a sign of a serious deformity in posture that can cause chronic headaches and pain in the upper back and neck. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Horns’ are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.," 20 June 2019 However it is designated, Shahar said, the formation is a sign of a serious deformity in posture that can cause chronic headaches and pain in the upper back and neck. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Why are horns growing on young people’s skulls? Phone use is to blame, research suggests.," 20 June 2019 However it is designated, Shahar said, the formation is a sign of a serious deformity in posture that can cause chronic headaches and pain in the upper back and neck. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Denver Post, "Why are horns growing on young people’s skulls? Phone use is to blame, research suggests.," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of deformity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deformity

Middle English deformite, from Middle French defformeteit, from Latin deformitat-, deformitas, from deformis deformed, from de- + forma

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deformity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deformity

: a condition in which part of the body does not have the normal or expected shape

deformity

noun
de·​for·​mi·​ty | \ di-ˈfȯr-mə-tē How to pronounce deformity (audio) \
plural deformities

Kids Definition of deformity

1 : the condition of having a physical flaw
2 : a flaw in something and especially in the body of a person or animal

deformity

noun
de·​for·​mi·​ty | \ di-ˈfȯr-mət-ē How to pronounce deformity (audio) \
plural deformities

Medical Definition of deformity

1 : the state of being deformed
2 : a physical blemish or distortion deformities caused by thalidomide

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