maladaptation

noun
mal·​ad·​ap·​ta·​tion | \ ˌma-ˌla-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce maladaptation (audio) \

Definition of maladaptation

: poor or inadequate adaptation

Examples of maladaptation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This maladaptation to lack of hip stability causes the knee to be unnaturally pinched between the upper leg and lower leg, precipitating damage and pain. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of maladaptation

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Maladaptation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maladaptation. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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maladaptation

noun
mal·​ad·​ap·​ta·​tion | \ ˌmal-ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce maladaptation (audio) \

Medical Definition of maladaptation

: poor or inadequate adaptation psychological maladaptation

Other Words from maladaptation

maladaptive \ ˌmal-​ə-​ˈdap-​tiv How to pronounce maladaptation (audio) \ adjective
maladaptively adverb

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