imbalance

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noun im·bal·ance \ (ˌ)im-ˈba-lən(t)s \

Definition of imbalance

:lack of balance :the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion
  • a vitamin imbalance
  • racial imbalance in schools

imbalanced

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Examples of imbalance in a Sentence

  1. Her depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

  2. the problem of racial imbalance in schools

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First Known Use of imbalance

circa 1890


IMBALANCE Defined for English Language Learners

imbalance

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Definition of imbalance for English Language Learners

  • : a state or condition in which different things do not occur in equal or proper amounts


Medical Dictionary

imbalance

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noun im·bal·ance \ (ˈ)im-ˈbal-ən(t)s \

medical Definition of imbalance

:lack of balance :the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion: as
a :loss of parallel relation between the optical axes of the eyes caused by faulty action of the extrinsic muscles and often resulting in diplopia
b :absence of biological equilibrium
  • a vitamin imbalance
  • if the ductus arteriosus fails to close, a circulatory imbalance results
  • —E. B. Steen & Ashley Montagu
c :a disproportion between the number of males and females in a population

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