Definition of imbalance
: lack of balance : the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion a vitamin imbalance racial imbalance in schools
imbalancedplay \(ˌ)im-ˈba-lən(t)st\ adjective
Examples of imbalance in a Sentence
Her depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.
the problem of racial imbalance in schools
Recent Examples of imbalance from the Web
This imbalance creates an electric charge on the materials, and the materials' atoms desire to return to neutral charge means electricity has been born.
Both had a knack for playing games with similar material imbalances and are models for attacking play.
Even hormonal imbalances and weakened pelvic muscles can offset normal bowel habits.
The desegregation payments that are set to end in 2018 stem from a 1982 lawsuit the school district filed against the state and its neighboring districts, alleging state policies were still creating racial imbalance despite changes made since 1957.
Boise resident Christina Palazzo is feeling the pressure from that imbalance.
Teachers are implementing basic practices to address participation imbalances such as calling on students by randomly pulling names from a class set of name cards.
Cleanse Kindly Face washes with strong cleansing agents, like sulfates, can create bacterial imbalance.
There are simply far more interested buyers than homes for sale, and the imbalance is growing.
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First Known Use of imbalance
IMBALANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imbalance for English Language Learners
: a state or condition in which different things do not occur in equal or proper amounts
Medical Definition of imbalance
: lack of balance : the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion: asa: loss of parallel relation between the optical axes of the eyes caused by faulty action of the extrinsic muscles and often resulting in diplopiab: absence of biological equilibrium a vitamin imbalance if the ductus arteriosus fails to close, a circulatory imbalance results—E. B. Steen & Ashley Montaguc: a disproportion between the number of males and females in a population
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