birth defect noun
: a physical or biochemical defect that is present at birth and may be inherited or environmentally induced
First Known Use of BIRTH DEFECT
Rhymes with BIRTH DEFECT
, edge effect
, in effect
, lake effect
, side effect
birth defect noun (Medical Dictionary)
: 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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