Definition of teratogen in English:

teratogen

Syllabification: te·rat·o·gen
Pronunciation: /teˈratəjən, -ˌjen, ˈterətəjən
 
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noun

  • An agent or factor that causes malformation of an embryo.
    More example sentences
    • There are no absolute teratogens; however, many agents can exhibit teratogenic effects under certain circumstances.
    • The use of nicotine replacement therapy in pregnancy can avoid exposure to teratogens such as carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke.
    • Alcohol is a known teratogen whose neurobehavioral effects have been found to be more injurious than cocaine and other drugs abused prenatally.

Derivatives

teratogenic

Pronunciation: /təˌratəˈjenik, ˌterətə-/
adjective
More example sentences
  • There are no absolute teratogens; however, many agents can exhibit teratogenic effects under certain circumstances.
  • There was no history of familial dwarfism or known exposure to teratogenic drugs.
  • The newer generation of antiepileptic drugs is not teratogenic in animals, but there is not sufficient reporting in human pregnancy experience to accurately portray risk.

teratogenicity

Pronunciation: /təˌratəjəˈnisitē, ˌterəˌtō-/
noun
More example sentences
  • Physicians can also discuss the potential harm that marijuana use may cause to adolescents during a period of rapid change in hormonal secretion, possible teratogenicity and the known consequences of long-term use.
  • Because of theoretic concerns regarding possible teratogenicity associated with drug exposures during the first trimester, providers may choose to withhold prophylaxis during the first trimester.
  • Women of childbearing age should be treated with prophylactics with caution because of the teratogenicity of most of the drugs used for this purpose.

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