Definition of Malformation

1. Noun. An affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed.

2. Noun. Something abnormal or anomalous.
Exact synonyms: Miscreation
Generic synonyms: Failure
Specialized synonyms: Monstrosity
Derivative terms: Miscreate

Definition of Malformation

1. n. Ill formation; irregular or anomalous formation; abnormal or wrong conformation or structure.

Definition of Malformation

1. Noun. An abnormal formation. ¹

2. Noun. (teratology) An abnormal developmental feature of offspring. ¹

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Definition of Malformation

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Medical Definition of Malformation

1. A morphologic defect resulting from an intrinsically abnormal developmental process. Origin: L. Malus = evil, formatio = a forming This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Malformation

maleylacetate reductase
maleylacetoacetic acid
maleylpyruvate isomerase
malformation (current term)
malfunction routine
malfunction routines

Literary usage of Malformation

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1. Medical jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor, Edward Hartshorne (1861)
"SEXUAL malformation. Owing to arrested development, during the growth of ... When, therefore, the being has the characters of a male with malformation of ..."

2. The nomenclature of diseases by Royal College of Physicians of London (1869)
"... 221 Fingers or toes conjoined, malformation, 243 Fingers and toes deficient in number, malformation, 237 Fingers and toes supernumerary, Malforma tion, ..."

3. A Practical treatise on the diseases of children by David Francis Condie (1858)
"The malformation may consist in the constriction of the caliber of the intestine, ... The first three of these species of malformation are necessarily and ..."

4. The Morbid Anatomy of Some of the Most Important Parts of the Human Body by Matthew Baillie, James Wardrop (1833)
"The Urinary Bladder and the Rectum communicating, from malformation. ANOTHER kind of malformation of the bladder occasionally happens, viz. that at its ..."

5. The Dublin Journal of Medical Science (1889)
"Congenital malformation in a Mummy. PROFESSOR BENNETT submitted a case of ... He called this a congenital malformation, because he did not know any other ..."

6. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1861)
"He says:] Having lately found in four members of one family instances of a singular malformation of the lower lip, which does not seem to have been alluded ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1858)
"July, 1853) that he was desired to examine a female infant, three or four days old, in consequence of a malformation about the anus. ..."

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