Meaning of “deformity” in the English Dictionary

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"deformity" in British English

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deformitynoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈfɔː.mə.ti/ us /dɪˈfɔːr.mə.t̬i/

Examples from literature

  • Deformities are easily cured without the cutting of tendons, or use of mechanical supports. 
  • Deformity ceases when the conditions upon which it depends are removed by rational appliances, which are always agreeable. 
  • From babyhood he had suffered from a grievous deformity which rounded his little shoulders and bowed the frail form. 
  • He stooped a little, but through habit only, and not on account of any deformity. 
  • Many deformities of the feet, which cause much vexation and trouble in after years, are acquired in early life. 

(Definition of “deformity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deformity" in American English

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deformitynoun [ C/U ]

/dɪˈfɔr·mɪ·t̬i/

a part of the body that has not developed in the usual way or with the normal shape:

[ C ] She was born with a deformity of the spine.

(Definition of “deformity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)