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birth defect

Syllabification: birth de·fect

Definition of birth defect in English:

noun

A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth and that may be inherited or the result of environmental influence.
Example sentences
  • Besides missing some birth defects, a routine ultrasound exam occasionally can suggest that a birth defect is present when none exists.
  • A human body forms from the head down and from the center out, so the danger here then, when a toxic chemical enters our story, is physical malformation, or what we call a birth defect.
  • I didn't know it was the number one birth defect too.

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