abnormality abnormality  /ˌæb nɔr ˈmæ lə ti/

Definition(s):

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

Usage(s):

  1. In 2006 and 2007, her daughter, now 5, had two additional CT scans, 6 months apart, for what doctors initially thought was a growth abnormality.
  2. The brain abnormality, he suggests, may constitute a biological stress that enhances the aggression.
  3. The second lasts two minutes and looks for any damage or abnormality.

News

  • Mom: Happy noises get New Bedford girl tossed

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A New Bedford mom says she and her 5-year-old developmentally disabled daughter were thrown out of a Providence, R.I., theater during a performance of "Beauty and the Beast" because the little girl was making giggling and humming noises she makes when she's happy. Samantha Torres says her daughter, Nadia, suffers from a chromosome abnormality and can't speak.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

Quotes

  1. Howland said the junior forward would play Thursday "barring any unforeseen abnormality on the MRI."
    on Mar 24, 2008 By: Ben Howland Source: SportingNews.com

  2. But that is normal politics in a normal society: it is what Tony Blair called "a small ambition to anyone who has not lived through the abnormality of a society living on the edge".
    on May 8, 2007 By: Tony Blair Source: BBC News

  3. "I wasn't scared about the abnormality," Fischer said at the time. "But I was scared about not playing hockey again. That was a shock for me."
    on Nov 21, 2005 By: Jiri Fischer Source: ESPN

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