malformed

adjective
mal·formed | \ˌmal-ˈfȯrmd \

Definition of malformed 

: characterized by malformation : badly or imperfectly formed : misshapen

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Synonyms & Antonyms for malformed

Synonyms

deformed, distorted, misshapen, monstrous, shapeless

Antonyms

undeformed

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Examples of malformed in a Sentence

a clay sculpture of an eagle that was so malformed that it looked more like a feathered football

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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, Philly.com, "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 Bluebell will live at the station before and after a surgery to repair a malformed leg. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Dearborn Heights firefighters will foster homeless dog," 11 Apr. 2018 Moustafa suspected an objection to his son's malformed left arm and hand, which need surgery. Adam Geller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "As fewer refugees arrive under the Trump administration, Florida's numbers drop," 26 Mar. 2018 The ailment causes weakened and malformed blood vessels, tumors in his head and throat and on his lip, and vein problems. Fox News, "Missouri man seeks second reprieve from Supreme Court," 20 Mar. 2018 The ailment causes weakened and malformed blood vessels, tumors in his head and throat and on his lip, and vein problems. Washington Post, "Missouri inmate gets 2nd stay of execution from high court," 20 Mar. 2018 The drug exposure caused a range of negative effects, including malformed membranes and reproductive difficulties. Amorina Kingdon, Smithsonian, "How Drugged-Up Shellfish Help Scientists Understand Human Pollution," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of malformed

1817, in the meaning defined above

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malformed

adjective

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

malformed

adjective
mal·formed | \(ˈ)mal-ˈfȯ(ə)rmd \

Medical Definition of malformed 

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

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