dys·​mor·​phic dis-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce dysmorphic (audio)
: characterized by malformation
mildly dysmorphic ears
dysmorphic cells

Examples of dysmorphic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If not, alternatives are explored, with a strong emphasis on ethical responsibilities, particularly assessing patient motivations and potential body dysmorphic disorders. Nick Kasmik, USA TODAY, 18 May 2024 But for some people, these negative self-assessments can escalate into body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Jenna Ryu, SELF, 20 Mar. 2024 Several studies have found that body modifications can become addictive, especially to people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder. Sam Reed, Glamour, 17 Nov. 2023 Bingeing and purging — body dysmorphic disorder comes to mind. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 Abuse of steroids can cause heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure, and is often associated with those who have male body dysmorphic disorders. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2023 Dixie D’Amelio shared more details about her struggle with premenstrual dysmorphic disorder (PMDD) on the new season of 'The D’Amelio Show' Dixie D’Amelio is sharing intimate details of her symptoms due to premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Amy Rosner, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 Some research has also found an association between intrusive thoughts and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and body dysmorphic disorder. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 For men who have an excessive and distorted preoccupation with the appearance of their genitals — a form of body dysmorphic disorder — Muir said that cognitive behavioral therapy and medications may also be necessary. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, 26 June 2023

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Word History


dys- + -morphic

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dysmorphic was in 1954

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“Dysmorphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysmorphic. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


dys·​mor·​phic dis-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce dysmorphic (audio)
: characterized by anatomical malformation
mildly dysmorphic ears
… the urinary red cells were characteristically dysmorphic and hypochromic.Bruce S. Chang, The Journal of the American Medical Association
: having or exhibiting an anatomical malformation
Taking care of Melissa, and other children like her, did of course change the way I looked at dysmorphic children. I lost the habit of the quick look-and-look-away, the almost-recoil, as I got more accustomed to various dysmorphisms and what they implied.Perri Klass, Discover
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