• WordNet 3.6
    • n abnormality behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality
    • n abnormality marked strangeness as a consequence of being abnormal
    • n abnormality retardation sufficient to fall outside the normal range of intelligence
    • n abnormality an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • Abnormality Something abnormal.
    • Abnormality The state or quality of being abnormal; variation; irregularity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abnormality The state or quality of being abnormal; deviation from a standard, rule, or type; irregularity; abnormity.
    • n abnormality That which is abnormal; that which is characterized by deviation from a standard, rule, or type; an abnormal feature.
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  • Vance Havner
    “The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.”
  • William James
    “To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.”


In literature:

The abnormally stimulated growth, you mean?
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
This exhilaration is purchased at the expense of stimulating the system to abnormal exertion.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
Abnormal complications of the carotid and subclavian arteries.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The abnormally heavy rain had ceased, but the clouds seemed to be dragging along the very floor of the valley.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
When compared with all known members of the family of Canidae they betray a distinct and abnormal origin.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
They took a fancy to try abnormal unions.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
That which can condemn the abnormally foolish is not the abnormally clever, which is obviously a matter in dispute.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
It's just the same with any abnormal or extraordinary facts that set up a new theory for investigation.
"The Mystery of a Turkish Bath" by E.M. Gollan (AKA Rita)
You as Osteopathic machinists can go no farther than to adjust the abnormal condition, in which you find the afflicted.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
She could see nothing in the least abnormal about Jane.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

The night is wild, and stormy seas
Come swirling on the misty breeze;
Abnormal currents here prevail,
Which add a terror to the gale.
"The Wreck of the S. S. Penguin" by Angus Cameron Robertson
Now use your ears, all you that can,
But don’t forget to mind your eyes,
Or you may be cheated, like this young man,
By a couple of silly, abnormal flies.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
He smoked the pipe of peace—the sceen? tepees,
wigwams, papooses, buffalo hides, a high fire—
with everyone,
even that abnormally scrubbed & powerful one,
shivering with power, held together with wires,
his worst enemy.
"Dream Song 116: Through the forest, followed, Henry made his silky way" by John Berryman

In news:

Question Text Where is the more common location for the type of abnormality presented here.
Brain abnormality tied to sudden infant death.
With farmers across the country battling an abnormally dry growing season, DuPont Pioneer continues to share and develop resources to help farmers find the best solution for their farm to manage their drought-stressed crop.
He told the court just what I would have said: He could rule out death from most diseases or from injury, but couldn't eliminate some possibilities such as certain heart-rhythm abnormalities, smothering and external compression.
For years, surgeons have been trying to find ways of operating on babies in the womb, reasoning that medical abnormalities might be more easily fixed while a fetus is still developing.
Researchers report that a spinal fluid test can be 100 percent accurate in in identifying a signature level of abnormal proteins in patients with significant memory loss who went on to develop Alzheimer's disease.
The abnormally wet summer has caused a boom in the mosquito population in.
Having an abnormal winter can slow some down on the slopes - but not Clarkston.
His childhood was also affected by an abnormal sensitivity.
Tendonosis is characterized by degeneration of the collagen fibers in the tendon , tendon weakness, abnormal growth of unhealthy blood vessels through the tendon and most importantly no inflammatory cells.
Grass tetany is a cattle disorder caused by an abnormally low amount of magnesium in the bloodstream of cattle.
Thoracic schwannoma The initial CXR showed complete opacification of the left hemithorax (Figure 1A) with no bony abnormalities evident.
People who drink less than a couple of glasses of water each day may be more likely to develop abnormally high blood sugar , a new study suggests.
Einstein was born with an abnormally large and generally misshapen head.
The typically prolific Oklahoma State offense was abnormally inefficient Saturday.

In science:

Penguins are fly-abnormal birds, but will continue to be egg-normal birds - unless we have again information to the contrary.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems
The proposed simple extension of Stollmann’s lemma shows that a very general assumption on correlated random fields generating potential rules out an abnormal accumulation of eigen-values in finite volumes.
A simple extension of Stollmann's lemma to correlated potentials
For the third bin only preliminary results are available, but they seem to show an abnormal number of massive planets or brown dwarfs compared to the other bins, where this kind of objects are extremely rare ( ”brown dwarf desert”).
Planets around evolved intermediate-mass stars. I. Two substellar companions in the open clusters NGC 2423 and NGC 4349
By Claim 2.3, the total number of d-abnormal components does not exceed C n2/d.
On the Number of Nodal Domains of Random Spherical Harmonics
Outlier detection in functional data by depth measures with application to identify abnormal NOx levels.
The random Tukey depth