congenital

adjective
con·​gen·​i·​tal | \ kən-ˈje-nə-tᵊl How to pronounce congenital (audio) , kän-\

Definition of congenital

1a : existing at or dating from birth congenital deafness
b : constituting an essential characteristic : inherent congenital fear of snakes
c : acquired during development in the uterus and not through heredity congenital syphilis
2 : being such by nature a congenital liar

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Other Words from congenital

congenitally \ kən-​ˈje-​nə-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce congenitally (audio) , kän-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for congenital

Synonyms

born, natural

Antonyms

nonnatural

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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

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

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Skylar had congenital cardiomyophathy, a disease of the heart muscle that can lead to heart failure. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Harbaugh sends heartbreaking gift to funeral of Michigan boy who died on field," 13 Sep. 2019 The condition is rare, congenital and usually harmless, according to the Angels. BostonGlobe.com, "Sun players make WNBA All-Defensive team," 13 Sep. 2019 Tennis's congenital dysfunction is as predictable as the excellence of the Big Three. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "10 Big Questions Ahead of the 2019 U.S. Open," 24 Aug. 2019 Microcephaly is just one part of congenital Zika syndrome, per the CDC—a unique pattern of birth defects among babies infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy. Korin Miller, Health.com, "What to Know About the Zika Virus and Its Symptoms, According to Experts," 21 Aug. 2019 Tests conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester determined Harris had a congenital condition known as brain arteriovenous malformation. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Former Vikings guard Mike Harris back in the NFL as uniform inspector," 4 Aug. 2019 The study of more than 200 babies, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, also shows that a very small number of children born with the congenital condition known as microcephaly had their symptoms improve. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "One-third of toddlers exposed to Zika in the womb suffer developmental problems, study says," 8 July 2019 And the hitters include Conforto and Amed Rosario, a 23-year-old who has weathered the congenital impatience of Mets management and appears poised to become a fine shortstop. Michael Powell, New York Times, "As Wins Pile Up, Mets and Their Fans Soak in the Moment," 10 Aug. 2019 Willekes acknowledges his congenital need for adrenaline. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan State's Joe Bachie and Kenny Willekes are like mother and son," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of congenital

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for congenital

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

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More Definitions for congenital

congenital

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of congenital

: existing since birth
informal : naturally having a specified character

congenital

adjective
con·​gen·​i·​tal | \ kän-ˈjen-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce congenital (audio) \

Medical Definition of congenital

1 : existing at or dating from birth congenital deafness
2 : acquired during development in the uterus and not through heredity congenital syphilis — compare acquired sense 1, familial, hereditary

Other Words from congenital

congenitally \ -​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce congenitally (audio) \ adverb

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