Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of not being normal.
  • n. A phenomenon or occurrence that is not normal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being abnormal; variation; irregularity.
  • n. Something abnormal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being abnormal; deviation from a standard, rule, or type; irregularity; abnormity.
  • n. That which is abnormal; that which is characterized by deviation from a standard, rule, or type; an abnormal feature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality
  • n. an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
  • n. retardation sufficient to fall outside the normal range of intelligence
  • n. marked strangeness as a consequence of being abnormal

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Examples

  • The keynote speaker wrote, "Antipsychotic drugs do not fix any known brain abnormality nor do they put brain chemistry back into balance."

    DJ Jaffe: People With Mental Illness Shunned by Alternatives 2010 Conference in Anaheim

  • Determining which of those women have cancer, The Lancet said, also will require 358 breast examinations by ultrasound; 313 biopsies, including 209 in which part of the breast containing the abnormality is surgically removed, and 500 additional doctor's office visits.

    Rethinking the Mammogram Guidelines

  • When a fetal diagnosis of a fetal abnormality is found, your referring physician should call our Center at 1-800-468-8376 (1-800-IN-UTERO) where our nurse coordinator will obtain your initial medical data by telephone.

    Fetal Diagnoses

  • Brain abnormality found in Alzheimer's disease related to gait impairment in older persons

    January 24th, 2006

  • Nowell called the abnormality the Philadelphia chromosome after the place of its discovery.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Use all these words like ugly and nasty and abnormality, which is not the kind of language you usually see, you know, in economic studies.

    CNN Transcript Dec 11, 2008

  • Because it is a general term, it is often used to refer to an abnormality that has been described but does not fit a defined category.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • What I mean by believing the mirror, and breaking it, can be recorded in one case I remember; in which a realistic critic quoted German authorities to prove that Hamlet had a particular psycho-pathological abnormality, which is admittedly nowhere mentioned in the play.

    The Crimes of England

  • 1 - It's not really an 'abnormality' - AutoCAD has always behaved like this.

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  • Woudenberg responds with a line I often hear: that if an unborn child has some kind of abnormality, it's best to abort him or her sooner and let the mother get on with her life.

    Show of Farce: On the HuffPost bus to the Stewart/Colbert rally

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