congenital

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

con·gen·i·tal

adjective \kən-ˈje-nə-təl, kän-\

: existing since birth

: naturally having a specified character

Full Definition of CONGENITAL

1
a :  existing at or dating from birth <congenital deafness>
b :  constituting an essential characteristic :  inherent <congenital fear of snakes>
c :  acquired during development in the uterus and not through heredity <congenital syphilis>
2
:  being such by nature <a congenital liar>
con·gen·i·tal·ly \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of CONGENITAL

  1. The irregularity in my backbone is probably congenital.
  2. <a congenital liar who couldn't speak the truth if his life depended on it>

Origin of CONGENITAL

Latin congenitus, from com- + genitus, past participle of gignere to bring forth — more at kin
First Known Use: 1796

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity

con·gen·i·tal

adjective \kän-ˈjen-ə-təl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONGENITAL

1
: existing at or dating from birth <congenital deafness>
2
: acquired during development in the uterus and not through heredity <congenital syphilis>—compare acquired 2, familial, hereditary
con·gen·i·tal·ly \-təl-ē\ adverb

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: congenital amputation
Previous Word in the Dictionary: congenialness
All Words Near: congenital

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up congenital? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More