fetal alcohol syndrome
noun Date: 1974 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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  • Fetal alcohol syndrome — (FAS) is a disorder of permanent birth defects that occurs in the offspring of women who drink alcohol during pregnancy. It is unknown whether amount, frequency or timing of alcohol consumption during pregnancy causes a difference in degree of… …   Wikipedia

  • fetal alcohol syndrome — n 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… …   Medical dictionary

  • fetal alcohol syndrome — n. a condition affecting infants, characterized variously by mental retardation, heart defects, physical malformations, etc. and caused by excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during pregnancy: also called, in less severe cases, fetal… …   English World dictionary

  • fetal alcohol syndrome — noun a congenital medical condition in which body deformation occurs or facial development or mental ability is impaired because the mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy • Syn: ↑FAS • Hypernyms: ↑syndrome * * * ˌfetal ˈalcohol syndrome 7 [fetal …   Useful english dictionary

  • fetal alcohol syndrome — a variable cluster of birth defects that may include facial abnormalities, growth deficiency, mental retardation, and other impairments, caused by the mother s consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. Abbr.: FAS [1975 80] * * * ▪ pathology… …   Universalium

  • fetal alcohol syndrome — a condition of newborn babies that results from the toxic effects on the fetus of maternal alcohol abuse. Babies have a low birth weight and growth is retarded; there may be head and facial abnormalities and possibly mental retardation. The… …   Medical dictionary

  • fetal alcohol syndrome — a condition of newborn babies that results from the toxic effects on the fetus of maternal alcohol abuse. Babies have a low birth weight and growth is retarded; there may be head and facial abnormalities and possibly mental retardation. The… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • fetal alcohol syndrome — noun Any of a spectrum of birth defects that result from excessive alcohol consumption by the mother during pregnancy …   Wiktionary

  • fetal alcohol syndrome — fe′tal al′cohol syn drome n. med pat a variable cluster of birth defects caused by the mother s consumption of alcohol during pregnancy Abbr.: FAS • Etymology: 1975–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) — The sum total of the damage done to the child before birth as a result of the mother drinking alcohol during pregnancy. FAS always involves brain damage, impaired growth, and head and face abnormalities. No amount of alcohol has been proven safe… …   Medical dictionary

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