birth defect

noun
|Updated on: 14 Aug 2018

Definition of birth defect

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

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First Known Use of birth defect

1864

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BIRTH DEFECT Defined for Kids

birth defect

noun

Definition of birth defect for Students

: 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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birth defect

noun

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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