birth defect
noun Date: 1971 a physical or biochemical defect that is present at birth and may be inherited or environmentally induced

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • birth defect — [n] congenital defect abnormality, congenital malformation, deformity; concept 580 …   New thesaurus

  • birth defect — birth′ defect n. pat any abnormality present at birth • Etymology: 1970–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • birth defect — n. any of various mental, physical, or biochemical defects present in a baby at birth …   English World dictionary

  • Birth defect — Any defect present in a baby at birth, irrespective of whether the defect is caused by a genetic factor or by prenatal events that are not genetic. Birth defects may involve many different organs including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones,… …   Medical dictionary

  • birth defect — noun a defect that is present at birth • Syn: ↑congenital anomaly, ↑congenital defect, ↑congenital disorder, ↑congenital abnormality • Hypernyms: ↑defect, ↑anomaly, ↑anomalousness …   Useful english dictionary

  • birth defect — Pathol. any physical, mental, or biochemical abnormality present at birth. Also called congenital defect. * * * Genetic or trauma induced abnormality present at birth. A more restrictive term than congenital disorder, it covers abnormalities that …   Universalium

  • birth defect — Synonyms and related words: abnormality, acute disease, affection, affliction, ailment, allergic disease, allergy, atrophy, bacterial disease, blight, cardiovascular disease, chronic disease, circulatory disease, complaint, complication,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • birth defect — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. congenital defect, congenital malformation, deformity, abnormality, congenital deficiency, disability, mutation …   English dictionary for students

  • birth defect — noun Any of several medical disorders that are present at birth. Syn: congenital disorder …   Wiktionary

  • birth defect — imperfection or problem that is present from birth (such as a missing limb, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

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