dys·​mor·​phic | \ dis-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce dysmorphic (audio) \

Definition of dysmorphic

: characterized by malformation mildly dysmorphic ears dysmorphic cells

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Recent Examples on the Web Trigger warning: This story contains sensitive content regarding body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Nathalie Olah, refinery29.com, "How Lockdown Has Made Body Dysmorphia Worse," 8 June 2020 The shape of things My work deals with my personal narrative of the visceral experience of living with body dysmorphic disorder. Dallas News, "Art and the City: Local visual artists have found a new sense of vulnerability in pandemic isolation," 26 Apr. 2020 Grant says skin picking can co-occur with other conditions, including body dysmorphic disorder, anxiety disorders, or as a symptom of drug use disorders. Ashley Abramson, Allure, "Dermatillomania Is More Than Just a Skin-Picking Disorder — Here’s What You Should Know," 21 Feb. 2020 Higher scores indicated stronger occurrence of dysmorphic features. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "The Distinctive ‘Habsburg Jaw’ Was Likely the Result of the Royal Family’s Inbreeding," 4 Dec. 2019 Body dysmorphic disorder affects at least 5 million people in the United States alone, a number which may be shy of the actual count due to a general reluctance to speak openly about the disorder. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Billie Eilish Gets Real About Her Struggles With Body Dysmorphia," 1 Aug. 2019 The report in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery claims that these filters can sometimes trigger body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness that can lead to compulsive tendencies and unnecessary beauty procedures, among other negative outcomes. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Snapchat surgery: disturbing trend of patients wanting to look 'filtered' seen by doctors," 9 Aug. 2018 Most dermatillomania patients are women, and many also suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Laura Dorwart, SELF, "How K Beauty Helps Me Manage My Skin-Picking Disorder," 14 May 2018 Plastic surgery was for the rich and famous or people who needed it to repair birth defects or injuries, or to mitigate the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder. Laura Jean Baker, chicagotribune.com, "When a 'natural' mother considers plastic surgery," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dysmorphic

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysmorphic

dys- + -morphic

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“Dysmorphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysmorphic. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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dys·​mor·​phic | \ dis-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce dysmorphic (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysmorphic

1 : 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, 5 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 Klass, Discover, May 1987

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