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

  • n. Abnormal or anomalous formation or structure; deformity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An abnormal formation.
  • n. An abnormal developmental feature of offspring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ill formation; irregular or anomalous formation; abnormal or wrong conformation or structure; -- often used of body parts such as limbs which do not develop properly during fetal maturation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Faulty formation; irregular or anomalous formation or structure, especially in a living body; a deviation from the normal form or structure either in the whole or in part of an organ. Also, until recently, maleformation.

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

  • n. something abnormal or anomalous
  • n. an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed


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  • This malformation is characterized by myelomeningocele and posterior fossa abnormalities, which have distinct sonographic appearances (the so-called “lemon” and “banana” signs).


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  • … [T] his rare genetic malformation is called a mirror hand.

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  • He had a congenital arteriovenous malformation, which is a mass of arteries/blood vessels that connect without any capillaries.

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  • Identified almost a century ago, the Arnold-Chiari malformation occurs when the bottom of the brain herniates, or protrudes, through the hole in the skull where the spinal cord descends.

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  • "The diagnosis is what is called a Moyamoya disease or malformation, which is just a vascular malformation of the brain," said Dr. Zulma Tovar Spinoza, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Upstate Medical Center.

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  • "To my knowledge, it is the only record of a vertebrate fossil showing that kind of malformation," Dr Buffetaut, director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, France told BBC

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  • However, this knowledge can be expected to improve our understanding of the pathogenesis of several clinical disorders such as malformation and errors of development, degenerative changes such as occur in senile dementia, delayed wound healing, muscle dystrophy as well as tumour diseases.

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  • Shock heads, hairy, crumpled faces, hollow chests, flat feet, sagging musclesevery kind of malformation and physical rottenness were there.

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