mal·​formed | \ ˌmal-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce malformed (audio) \

Definition of malformed

: characterized by malformation : badly or imperfectly formed : misshapen

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a clay sculpture of an eagle that was so malformed that it looked more like a feathered football
Recent Examples on the Web The cranium has ruminated for decades in a display case, amid pathological and anatomical anomalies such as malformed fetuses and pickled liver stones. New York Times, "Here Lies the Skull of Pliny the Elder, Maybe," 14 Feb. 2020 One was a jokey baking show in which each participant had made some kind of malformed cake to be mocked by the judges; the other saw Murphy play a manic Christmas elf telling a TV reporter about a polar-bear attack. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Eddie Murphy’s Triumphant Return to Saturday Night Live," 22 Dec. 2019 The malformed cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, resulting in severe pain and, over time, organ degradation. Erin Allday,, "Hope, frustration mark new era of sickle cell disease," 22 Sep. 2019 Chronic wasting disease is highly infectious and caused by malformed proteins called prions. USA TODAY, "Tubing, Hemingway, great white sharks: News from around our 50 states," 21 July 2019 Moustafa suspected an objection to his son's malformed left arm and hand, which need surgery. Adam Geller, Fox News, "Trump policies split some refugee families; others reunite," 27 Mar. 2018 Aliyana, who lives in Falls Township, often experiences headaches, labored breathing and pain crises — a severe attack due to malformed cells blocking blood vessels. Cassie Owens,, "This Bucks County teen isn't letting sickle cell stop her pageant dreams," 17 May 2018 In early 2014, when Travis Hogan's malformed heart was failing, his longtime doctors at Texas Children's Hospital referred him to Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, long recognized as one of the best in the country for complicated heart transplants. Mike Hixenbaugh/houston Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, "As wait for new heart got longer, patient grew sicker," 15 May 2018 Moustafa suspected an objection to his son’s malformed left arm and hand, which need surgery. Washington Post, "Refugee families split, reunite depending on US whims," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of malformed

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Malformed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of malformed

medical : not having the normal or expected shape especially because of a problem in the way something has developed or grown : badly or improperly formed


mal·​formed | \ (ˈ)mal-ˈfȯ(ə)rmd How to pronounce malformed (audio) \

Medical Definition of malformed

: characterized by malformation : badly or imperfectly formed a malformed limb

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