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 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 Tallulah Willis, the youngest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, is opening up about her struggles with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 19 May 2021 Tallulah Willis is opening up about struggling with body dysmorphic disorder and is sharing her advice for others who may be struggling. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, 18 May 2021 For particularly insecure individuals, the gap between expectations and reality can lead to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)—a mental illness that affects one in 50 people in the United States. Anna Haines, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 For those with body dysmorphic disorder, masks do more than protect. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 22 Feb. 2021 Tunics have been my top of choice for the past seven or eight years, encapsulating my body at its smallest and largest sizes; shrouding my stomach and thigh gap (or current lack thereof) — and every dysmorphic thought as a result — in acceptance. Rebecca Norris, refinery29.com, 3 Dec. 2020 The following article includes content regarding body dysmorphic disorder. Rebecca Norris, refinery29.com, 3 Dec. 2020 Trigger warning: This story contains sensitive content regarding body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Nathalie Olah, refinery29.com, 8 June 2020

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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 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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