fetal alcohol syndrome

noun

Definition of fetal alcohol syndrome

: a highly variable group of birth defects including intellectual disability, deficient growth, and malformations of the skull and face that tend to occur in the offspring of women who consume large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy

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Recent Examples on the Web Born with fetal alcohol syndrome and cerebral palsy, Dunn was adopted at 5 months old by her teacher mother. CBS News, "Lives to remember: Those we've lost to coronavirus," 24 July 2020 Because of childhood neglect, Warner said, Dale suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome and reactive attachment disorder. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Juvenile justice data shows drop in child defendants sent to adult court," 7 Sep. 2020 One of those lab rats was Art (Jamie Foxx), aka the Major, who has passed on genetic modifications acquired during the testing to his daughter Tracy (Kyanna Simpson) through a process akin to fetal alcohol syndrome. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Project Power': Film Review," 14 Aug. 2020 He was born with cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome to a mother who is now homeless in San Francisco as far as the family knows, said Wheeler. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Special report: Anchorage faces a homeless crisis — and the challenges may be increasing," 6 June 2020 Wimberly suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome, according to court records. oregonlive, "Serial public masturbator accused in 2 new incidents at NE Portland sauna," 24 Jan. 2020 That doesn’t mean 1 in 20 kids has fetal alcohol syndrome, or FAS, with its characteristic facial features and severe developmental and physical disabilities. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He looks so normal’: When it comes to FASDs, there’s no such thing as predictability," 24 June 2019 And the data doesn’t account for other downsides of over-drinking, including being violent while under the influence, giving birth to babies with fetal alcohol syndrome, or the productivity costs of alcoholism. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Healthcare: Alcohol deaths are climbing but proposed reforms are controversial," 13 Jan. 2020 This finding could lead to better understanding of fetal alcohol syndrome, said Berger. Bethany Ao, chicagotribune.com, "Drinking triggers brain changes that teach you to want more alcohol, researchers find," 2 Nov. 2019

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“Fetal alcohol syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetal%20alcohol%20syndrome. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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fetal alcohol syndrome

noun

Medical Definition of fetal alcohol syndrome

: a highly variable group of birth defects including intellectual disability, deficient growth, central nervous system dysfunction, and malformations of the skull and face that tend to occur in the offspring of women who consume large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy abbreviation FAS

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