|1.||denoting or relating to any nonhereditary condition, esp an abnormal condition, existing at birth: congenital blindness|
|2.||informal complete, as if from birth: a congenital idiot|
|[C18: from Latin congenitus born together with, from genitus born, from gignere to bear, beget]|
congenital con·gen·i·tal (kən-jěn'ĭ-tl)
Existing at or before birth usually through heredity, as a disorder.
Acquired at birth or during uterine development usually as a result of environmental influences.
|congenital (kən-jěn'ĭ-tl) Pronunciation Key
Existing at or before birth, as a defect or medical condition.
A descriptive term for a disease or condition that is present at birth. A congenital disease can be either hereditary or acquired.