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
He was born with nine congenital heart defects, two left lungs, and five spleens.
Such congenital sourness must be a terrible burden—
But there’s also a healthy fear of the risk associated with his congenital neck/spine condition.
After a breakout season in 2016, Orr, 25, announced in January his retirement from the NFL after just three seasons because of a rare congenital spine condition.
Today, congenital heart disease survivors can live well past childhood.
Actually, these stories are probably referring to people who suffer from werewolf syndrome, or congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa (CHL)
Babies born with congenital Zika syndrome often have severe microcephaly, diminished brain tissue and eye damage, as well as restricted joint movement and rigid muscle tone.
CHICAGO -- A third-grader who was born with a life threatening congenital heart issue has had his dreams come true.
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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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