congenital

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adjective con·gen·i·tal \kən-ˈje-nə-təl, kän-\

Definition of congenital

  1. 1a :  existing at or dating from birth congenital deafnessb :  constituting an essential characteristic :  inherent congenital fear of snakesc :  acquired during development in the uterus and not through heredity congenital syphilis

  2. 2 :  being such by nature a congenital liar

congenitally

play \kən-ˈje-nə-təl-ē, kän-\ adverb

Examples of congenital in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of congenital

Latin congenitus, from com- + genitus, past participle of gignere to bring forth — more at kin


First Known Use: 1796

Synonym Discussion of congenital

innate, inborn, inbred, congenital, hereditary mean not acquired after birth. innate applies to qualities or characteristics that are part of one's inner essential nature. an innate sense of fair play inborn suggests a quality or tendency either actually present at birth or so marked and deep-seated as to seem so. her inborn love of nature inbred suggests something either acquired from parents by heredity or so deeply rooted and ingrained as to seem acquired in that way. inbred political loyalties congenital and hereditary refer to what is acquired before or at birth, the former to things acquired during fetal development and the latter to things transmitted from one's ancestors. a congenital heart murmur eye color is hereditary

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CONGENITAL Defined for English Language Learners

congenital

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adjective

Definition of congenital for English Language Learners

  • : existing since birth

  • : naturally having a specified character


Medical Dictionary

congenital

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adjective con·gen·i·tal \kän-ˈjen-ə-təl\

Medical Definition of congenital

  1. 1:  existing at or dating from birth congenital deafness

  2. 2:  acquired during development in the uterus and not through heredity congenital syphilis—compare acquired 1, familial, hereditary

congenitally

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