malalignment

noun
mal·​align·​ment | \ ˌmal-ə-ˈlīn-mənt How to pronounce malalignment (audio) \

Medical Definition of malalignment

: incorrect or imperfect alignment (as of teeth or bones at a joint) With a large enough area of cartilage loss or with bony remodeling, the joint becomes tilted, and malalignment develops. Malalignment is the most potent risk factor for structural deterioration of the joint …— David T. Felton, The New England Journal of Medicine, 23 Feb. 2006

Other Words from malalignment

malaligned \ -​ˈlīnd How to pronounce malalignment (audio) \ adjective

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“Malalignment.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/malalignment. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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