teratogenic

adjective

ter·​a·​to·​gen·​ic ˌter-ə-tə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce teratogenic (audio)
: of, relating to, or causing developmental malformations
teratogenic substances
teratogenic effects
teratogenicity noun

Examples of teratogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This teratogenic classification means that, before starting isotretinoin, a patient must undergo a rigorous screening process in order to access the drug. Deanna Pai, Allure, 3 Feb. 2023 It's categorized as a teratogenic drug, which describes any agent that causes abnormality after a fetus is exposed to it. Deanna Pai, Allure, 3 Feb. 2023 Vitamin A, the active ingredient in retinol products, needs to be avoided as high levels can be teratogenic for the baby. Angela Lei, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French tératogénique, from térato- terato- + -génique -genic

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teratogenic was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Teratogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teratogenic. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

teratogenic

adjective
ter·​a·​to·​gen·​ic -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce teratogenic (audio)
: of, relating to, or causing developmental malformations
teratogenic substances
teratogenic effects
teratogenicity noun
plural teratogenicities
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