Definition of deformity in English:


Line breaks: de|form|ity
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?
  • 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'.

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