dis·​or·​dered | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-dərd How to pronounce disordered (audio) , (ˌ)diz-\

Definition of disordered

1 obsolete

a : morally reprehensible
b : unruly
2a : marked by disorder a disordered room
b : not functioning in a normal orderly healthy way a disordered mind

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Other Words from disordered

disorderedly adverb
disorderedness noun

Examples of disordered in a Sentence

The project was in a disordered state. The file was completely disordered.

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Eukaryotes also have a higher percentage of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) than prokaryotes. Quanta Magazine, "How Viruses May Have Led to Complex Life," 24 Jan. 2017 Filling up on low-calorie foods, like cucumber, celery and lettuce, is a tactic common in people with disordered eating. Cynthia Sass, Health.com, "What Is the Cucumber Diet?," 21 June 2019 Having grown up in a disordered household, Jayne ran hers with a fastidious rigor. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 Of course, not every food routine is a sign of an eating disorder or disordered eating. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "8 Signs It’s Time to See a Therapist About Your Relationship With Food," 29 Jan. 2019 Dulling our senses with inexplicable horror and violence just might help a disordered nervous system become more amenable to the everyday crises of life. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Horror Movies Help People Cope With Anxiety," 15 Oct. 2018 Over the next few years, Jennette dealt with both anorexia and bulimia, noting that she was never confronted by anyone in the entertainment industry about her disordered eating. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""iCarly" Actor Jennette McCurdy Writes Essay About Dealing With an Eating Disorder," 9 Mar. 2019 Intuitive eating has also been specifically studied in the treatment of disordered eating. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Intuitive Eating? How to Eat Better Without Dieting, According to Nutritionists," 6 Mar. 2019 Another expert says that my experience is one of several ways that people with a history of disordered eating may experience pregnancy. Kate Willsky, SELF, "What It’s Like to Deal With Anorexia While You’re Pregnant," 8 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of disordered

1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of disordered

: in a confused or messy state : having a lack of order or organization
medical : not working in a normal, healthy way



Medical Definition of disordered

1 : not functioning in a normal orderly healthy way disordered bodily functions
2 : mentally unbalanced a disordered patient a disordered mind

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