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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web People might also have other conditions, like anxiety, depression, or body dysmorphic disorder. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 28 Oct. 2022 The best plastic surgeons will spend plenty of time discussing a patient's expectations for their procedure — there is evidence that suggests that body dysmorphic disorder is higher among those seriously considering plastic surgery. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 12 Oct. 2022 Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with perceived flaws in their appearance. Angie Orellana Hernandez, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 EDs and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) affect men, trans, and non-binary people. Sophie Hanson, Vogue, 24 June 2022 Content warning: This story contains sensitive content regarding body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Nathalie Olah, refinery29.com, 26 Jan. 2022 Ordinarily, Darr said, a glimpse of her reflection sends her spiraling into dysmorphic thoughts. Maria Morava And Scottie Andrew, CNN, 21 Feb. 2021 Willis began her message with a trigger warning around body dysmorphic disorder, and shared a photograph of herself alongside a series of shots of mom Moore, 58, from various decades to illustrate her sentiment about comparison robbing her of joy.. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Kourosh and colleagues surveyed doctors and surgeons, examining the question of whether videoconferencing during the pandemic was a potential contributor to body dysmorphic disorder. Amit Katwala, Wired, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

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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