te·​rato·​gen | \ tə-ˈra-tə-jən How to pronounce teratogen (audio) \

Definition of teratogen

: a teratogenic agent

Examples of teratogen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What researchers know for sure is that alcohol is a teratogen -- an agent that causes birth defects. Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2019 Some teratogens can only cause damage during a specific window of time. Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2019 The science of teratogens While much is now known about alcohol and its impact on a developing fetus, there’s more to learn. Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2019 According to Levin, these results show that the brain protects the developing body against drugs that otherwise might be dangerous teratogens (compounds that cause birth defects). Adam Rogers, WIRED, 18 Mar. 2018 Some substances, known as teratogens, are perfectly fine for adults but are toxic for developing fetuses. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of teratogen

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teratogen

terato- + -gen, after teratogenic

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“Teratogen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teratogen. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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te·​rato·​gen | \ tə-ˈrat-ə-jən How to pronounce teratogen (audio) \

Medical Definition of teratogen

: a teratogenic agent (as a drug or virus)

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