Definition of deformity in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈfɔːmɪti/

noun (plural deformities)

1A deformed part, especially of the body; a malformation: deformities of the hands or feet
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  • A foetus was aborted at 25 weeks because it had amniotic band syndrome, which causes deformities in the body parts.
  • It is characterized by a wide variety of deformities, namely malformations and overgrowth of soft tissue and bone.
  • What does a foot look like in an adult born with unilateral clubfoot deformities that was treated with the Ponseti Method?
imperfection, abnormality, irregularity;
defect, flaw, blemish
1.1 [mass noun] The state of being deformed or misshapen: respiratory problems caused by spinal deformity
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  • When spinal deformity, weakness, or immobility is present, height measurement is difficult and inaccurate.
  • Arm span measurement is difficult and inaccurate in the presence of weakness or of joint or spinal deformity.
  • Early treatment of the chicks by a veterinarian can often prevent the actual loss of a toe, although a scar or deformity sometimes remains for life.


Late Middle English: from Old French desformite, from Latin deformitas, from deformis 'misshapen'.

Words that rhyme with deformity

conformity, enormity, multiformity, uniformity

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