birth defect

noun, Pathology
any physical, mental, or biochemical abnormality present at birth.
Also called congenital defect.
birth defect in Medicine

birth defect n.
A physiological or structural abnormality that develops at or before birth and is present at the time of birth, especially as a result of faulty development, infection, heredity, or injury. Also called congenital anomaly.

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