birth defect


Definition of birth defect

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

Examples of birth defect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The severe birth defect affects many areas of his body: his spine, neurological organs, digestive system and reproductive organs, his mom said. Melinda Moore,, 21 Jan. 2022 Roman has spina bifida, a birth defect that prevents the spinal cord from forming properly. Jeff Glor, CBS News, 9 Apr. 2019 Joyelle McSweeney’s book explores the ecstasy of impending childbirth and the fissure of joy when the baby is born with a birth defect, lives for 13 days and dies. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Thomas was a pioneering Black surgeon who developed a technique to treat a birth defect affecting the heart called tetralogy of Fallot. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 24 Feb. 2022 Having a birth defect that affects the structure of your urinary tract can also raise your risk. Jessica Migala,, 22 Feb. 2022 The Crystal Lake native’s condition is unique, even though congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 8 Feb. 2022 Yates has spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord doesn't develop properly. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 6 Feb. 2022 One example would be pregnant women, where the B vitamin folic acid has been shown to reduce a type of birth defect, neural tube abnormalities. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of birth defect

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Birth defect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of birth defect

: a physical defect that a person is born with and that may be inherited or caused by something in the environment

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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


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