Main form: subnormal, adjective.
Related forms: subnormality
Typical use: Used in common parlance to indicate something below normal, inferior, or less than usual. Has different specific meanings in scientific contexts.
In group theory
Subnormal subgroup: A subgroup of a group such that there is an ascending chain of subgroups, starting from that subgroup to the whole group, with each member normal in the next. Such an ascending chain is termed a subnormal series.
A -subnormal subgroup is a subgroup for which there exists a subnormal series of length at most . Particular examples are (normal subgroup), (2-subnormal subgroup), (3-subnormal subgroup).
Primary subject wiki entry: Groupprops:Subnormal subgroup