fetal alcohol syndrome

noun

Definition of fetal alcohol syndrome 

: a highly variable group of birth defects including mental retardation, 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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Calamity and Indianness are indeed inseparable, the novel suggests; the droopy features of an Indian child who is born with fetal alcohol syndrome provide an affecting opening image. The Economist, "Tommy Orange’s debut novel is a work of defiance and recovery," 5 July 2018 That being said, the judges didn’t address the arguments about Brown’s fetal alcohol syndrome. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Cyntoia Brown’s Life Sentence Brings Tennessee Sentencing Laws Under Scrutiny," 14 June 2018 Cindy was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and has physical and mental disabilities. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: One of Milwaukee's most decorated athletes is still on the field," 2 May 2018 He was born with fetal alcohol syndrome in March of 1962 to a mother who stripped at a local bar and a father who suffered from PTSD. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning," 5 May 2018 Mead in particular helped spark Dr. Brazelton’s cross-cultural interest in babies and families, and in troublesome health issues such as fetal alcohol syndrome. Joseph P. Kahn, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, child care expert and pediatrician; at 99," 13 Mar. 2018 The most severe is fetal alcohol syndrome, in which children have smaller-than-typical heads and bodies, as well as eyes unusually short in width, thin upper lips, and smoother-than-usual skin between the nose and mouth, Dr. Chambers said. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Far More U.S. Children Than Previously Thought May Have Fetal Alcohol Disorders," 6 Feb. 2018 The most severe is fetal alcohol syndrome, in which children have smaller-than-typical heads and bodies, as well as eyes unusually short in width, thin upper lips, and smoother-than-usual skin between the nose and mouth, Chambers said. Author: Pam Belluck, Anchorage Daily News, "Far more U.S. children than previously thought may have fetal alcohol disorders," 6 Feb. 2018 One eye-opener came from a trip to South Africa, where Koob worked with a team researching fetal alcohol syndrome, which is prevalent there. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fighting alcoholism, bringing hope," 26 Dec. 2017

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fetal alcohol syndrome

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Medical Definition of fetal alcohol syndrome 

: a highly variable group of birth defects including mental retardation, 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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