dysmorphic

adjective dys·mor·phic \ dis-ˈmȯr-fik \
|Updated on: 26 May 2018

Definition of dysmorphic

: characterized by malformation
  • mildly dysmorphic ears
  • dysmorphic cells

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1954

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dysmorphic

adjective dys·mor·phic \ dis-ˈmȯr-fik \

medical Definition of dysmorphic

1 : characterized by anatomical malformation
  • mildly dysmorphic ears
  • … the urinary red cells were characteristically dysmorphic and hypochromic.
  • —Bruce S. ChangThe Journal of the American Medical Association5 Oct. 1984
2 : 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 KlassDiscoverMay 1987

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