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Origin of abnormality

First recorded in 1850–55; abnormal + -ity

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noun plural -ties
  1. an abnormal feature, event, etc
  2. a physical malformation; deformity
  3. deviation from the typical or usual; irregularity
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Word Origin and History for abnormalities



"quality of being abnormal," 1854; "abnormal feature or quality," 1859, from abnormal + -ity. Earlier as abnormity (1731).

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abnormalities in Medicine


  1. An anomaly, malformation, or difference from the normal.
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