birth defect


birth defect

noun

Definition of BIRTH DEFECT

:  a physical or biochemical defect that is present at birth and may be inherited or environmentally induced

First Known Use of BIRTH DEFECT

1971

birth defect

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BIRTH DEFECT

: a physical or biochemical defect (as cleft palate, phenylketonuria, or Down syndrome) that is present at birth and may be inherited or environmentally induced

birth defect

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Genetic or trauma-induced abnormality present at birth. A more restrictive term than congenital disorder, it covers abnormalities that arise during the formation of an embryo's organs and tissues and does not include those caused by diseases (e.g., syphilis) that damage structures after they are formed.

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