deformity

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noun de·for·mi·ty \di-ˈfȯr-mə-tē, dē-\

Definition of deformity

plural

deformities

  1. 1 :  the state of being deformed

  2. 2 :  imperfection, blemish: such asa :  a physical blemish or distortion :  disfigurementb :  a moral or aesthetic flaw or defect

Examples of deformity in a Sentence

  1. a disease causing deformity of the spine

  2. a primitive culture that cast aside infants born with deformities, allowing them to die of exposure to the elements

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Origin and Etymology of deformity

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


DEFORMITY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of deformity for English Language Learners

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


DEFORMITY Defined for Kids

deformity

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noun de·for·mi·ty \di-ˈfȯr-mə-tē\

Definition of deformity for Students

plural

deformities

  1. 1 :  the condition of having a physical flaw

  2. 2 :  a flaw in something and especially in the body of a person or animal


Medical Dictionary

deformity

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noun de·for·mi·ty \di-ˈfȯr-mət-ē\

Medical Definition of deformity

plural

deformities

  1. 1:  the state of being deformed

  2. 2:  a physical blemish or distortion deformities caused by thalidomide



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