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, 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, 22 Dec. 2019 The malformed cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, resulting in severe pain and, over time, organ degradation. Erin Allday,, 22 Sep. 2019 Chronic wasting disease is highly infectious and caused by malformed proteins called prions. USA TODAY, 21 July 2019 Moustafa suspected an objection to his son's malformed left arm and hand, which need surgery. Adam Geller, Fox News, 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,, 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, 15 May 2018 Moustafa suspected an objection to his son’s malformed left arm and hand, which need surgery. Washington Post, 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 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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