birth defect

any physical, mental, or biochemical abnormality present at birth. Also called congenital defect.

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Genetic or trauma-induced abnormality present at birth.

A more restrictive term than congenital disorder, it covers abnormalities that arise during the formation of an embryo's organs and tissues and does not include those caused by diseases (e.g., syphilis) that damage structures after they are formed.

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      genetic or trauma-induced abnormality that is present at birth. See congenital disorder.

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Universalium. 2010.

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