neural tube defect

noun

Medical Definition of neural tube defect

: any of various congenital defects (as anencephaly and spina bifida) caused by incomplete closure of the neural tube during the early stages of embryonic development

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“Neural tube defect.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/neural%20tube%20defect. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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