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abnormal
Deviating from the usual structure, position, condition, or behavior.

In referring to a growth, abnormal may mean that it is cancerous or premalignant; that is, likely to become cancer.

abnormal (ab NOR muhl) (adjective), more abnormal, most abnormal
1. A reference to something that is exceptional, uncommon, or unexpected: Sam's cat has an abnormal fear of birds.

Einstein is said to have had an abnormal IQ.

2. Descriptive of something that is unusual: An abnormal amount of snow fell in October.

Abnormal can mean either below or above normal, either better or worse than normal; while, "subnormal" always means below or worse than normal.

3. Etymology: from anormal which came from the Greek anomalos, "irregular". Later the b was added by analogy with the Latin word for irregular, abnormis, based on Latin ab-, "from" + norma, "norm"; hence "away from the norm".
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abnormal (adjective), more abnormal, most abnormal
1. Not average, nor typical; irregular, deviant: Richard had abnormal powers of concentration despite the distractions that were going on around him.
2. Unusual or unexpected; especially, in a way that causes alarm or anxiety: The abnormal extremes in weather conditions are causing officials to declare mandatory evacuations which is resulting in a great deal of stress for residents in certain areas of the world.
3. Much greater than expected or usual: Abnormal profits might be blamed for the financial crisis that exists these days.
4. Departing from what is typical or is usually expected; for example, in intelligence and physical development: The parents were very distressed when they found out that their daughter was considered to be intellectually abnormal in school.

The abnormal circumstances surrounding Gertrude's decision to travel caused a great deal of concern for her parents.

The neighbor's cat has an abnormal fear of birds.

5. Etymology: This word was once spelled anormal and it came from the Greek anomalos, meaning irregular. Later the b was added by analogy with the Latin word for irregular, abnormis from Latin ab-, "from" + norma, "norm"; and so, "away from the norm".

Abnormal can mean either "below normal" or "above normal"; so, either better or worse than normal: Einstein had an abnormal IQ while an ignorant person also has an abnormal IQ. On the other hand, "subnormal" always means below or worse than normal.

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(Greek: different, of or belonging to another; foreign, strange; abnormal; perverse)
(Greek: irregular, uneven; abnormal)
(Greek: different, other, another, unlike; irregular, abnormal)
(Latin: bad, badly, harsh, wrong; ill; evil; abnormal, defective; used primarily as a prefix)
(Greek: by the side of, beside, past, beyond; contrary, wrong, irregular, abnormal)
(an abnormal desire to eat "unnatural" things for food)
(Latin: pipe; an abnormal passage or communication, usually between two internal organs, or leading from an internal organ to the surface of the body)
(Latin: protruded viscus; rupture; in the sense of "protrusion of tissue or part of an organ through an abnormal opening in the surrounding walls")
(Greek: above, over; excessive; more than normal; abnormal excess [in medicine]; abnormally great or powerful sensation [in physical or pathological terms]; highest [in chemical compounds])
(Greek, ismos; Latin, ismus: a suffix: belief in, practice of, condition of, process, characteristic behavior or manner, abnormal state, distinctive feature or trait)
(Greek: speech, babbling, chattering; abnormal or disordered forms of speech)
(Greek: soft, softness; abnormal softening, soft-bodied)
(Greek: a specific mental disorder or obsessive preoccupation with something; madness, frenzy; obsession, or abnormal desire for or with something or someone; also, an excessive enthusiasm or fondness for something)
(Greek > Latin: a suffix; actor, process, condition, or state of; result of; expresses a state or abnormal condition or process of some disease)
(Greek > Modern Latin: abnormal reduction, decrease in, insufficient, deficiency. Originally, the meaning was poverty, need; sometimes it is erroneously or incorrectly rendered as -poenia)
(an abnormal way of getting warm in the freezing conditions of a Canadian winter as expressed by Robert Service)
(Greek: many, much; excessive; abnormal amount, profuse, ample, large quantity; multiple, abundant, numerous)
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abnormal sensation (s) (noun), abnormal sensations (pl)
A dulled, unpleasant, or altered feeling that exists without an obvious stimulus: One example of an abnormal sensation is when a person has a burning feeling when there is no heat involved.

Abnormal sensations can result from damage to, or a pressure on, certain nerve pathways.

The most common types of abnormal sensations are tinnitus or numbness and/or feelings as if one is stuck with pins and needles; sometimes combined with pain and even with a feeling of being very cold or of severe burning.

—Compiled from information located in
Home Medical Encyclopedia; The American Medical Association, Volume 2;
Medical Editor, Charles B. Clayman, MD; Random House;
New York; 1989; page 893.
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