Definition of congenital
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 : being such by nature a congenital liar
congenitallyplay \kən-ˈje-nə-təl-ē, kän-\ adverb
Examples of congenital in a Sentence
The irregularity in my backbone is probably congenital.
a congenital liar who couldn't speak the truth if his life depended on it
Recent Examples of congenital from the Web
A 2013 study found that more than three-quarters of infants born between 1979 and 2005 with complex congenital heart defects survived past their first birthday.
Even before all the surgeries had been completed, Olsen and his wife Kara had devised a plan with Levine Children’s to help other parents of kids with congenital heart defects being treated at the hospital.
Scdoris has congenital achromatopsia, a genetic disorder that severely limits her vision.
Rahal, 93, died of congenital heart failure May 10 at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Bobby Rahal said.
Max Page, the seven-year-old boy who played a pint-size Darth Vader in the most popular ad shown during the 2011 Super Bowl, is having heart surgery on Thursday to correct a congenital birth defect, according to an article on the Huffington Post.
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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
CONGENITAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of congenital for English Language Learners
: existing since birth
: naturally having a specified character
Medical Definition of congenital
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