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[mal-fawr-mey-shuh n, -fer-]
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  1. faulty or anomalous formation or structure, especially in a living body: malformation of the teeth.
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Origin of malformation

First recorded in 1790–1800; mal- + formation
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Related Words for malformation

mutation, abnormality, impairment, defect, disfigurement, monstrosity, injury, misshape

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Contemporary Examples of malformation

Historical Examples of malformation

  • If this is not duly attended to, the defect or malformation may be aggravated.

  • He was said to be robust looking, but with a malformation by which one of his legs was longer than the other.

  • It was a long time before he could walk, on account of some malformation of his limbs.

    Charles I

    Jacob Abbott

  • Had an impression that the late Lord Byron had some malformation of this kind.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

  • Does it depend on a malformation of the cranium, on the size or shape of the head?

    The Idiot

    Frederick Bateman

British Dictionary definitions for malformation


  1. the condition of being faulty or abnormal in form or shape
  2. pathol a deformity in the shape or structure of a part, esp when congenital
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Derived Formsmalformed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for malformation


also mal-formation, 1731, from mal- + formation.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

malformation in Medicine


  1. Abnormal or anomalous formation or structure; deformity.
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