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[tuh-rat-uh-juh n, -jen, ter-uh-tuh-] /təˈræt ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn, ˈtɛr ə tə-/
noun, Biology.
a drug or other substance capable of interfering with the development of a fetus, causing birth defects.
Origin of teratogen
First recorded in 1900-05; terato- + -gen
Related forms
teratogenic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for teratogenic


/ˈtɛrətədʒən; tɪˈrætə-/
any substance, organism, or process that causes malformations in a fetus. Teratogens include certain drugs (such as thalidomide), infections (such as German measles), and ionizing radiation
Derived Forms
teratogenic, adjective
teratogenicist, noun
teratogenicity, noun
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Word Origin and History for teratogenic

"causing the formation of monsters," 1879, from teratogeny (1857), from comb. form of Greek teras (genitive teratos) "marvel, monster" + -genic.



1959, from comb. form of Greek teras (genitive teratos) "marvel, monster" + -gen.

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teratogenic in Medicine

teratogenic ter·a·to·gen·ic (těr'ə-tə-jěn'ĭk)
Of, relating to, or causing malformations of an embryo or a fetus.

teratogen te·rat·o·gen (tə-rāt'ə-jən, těr'ə-tə-)
An agent, such as a virus, a drug, or radiation, that causes malformation of an embryo or a fetus.

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teratogenic in Science
  (tə-rāt'ə-jən, těr'ə-tə-)   
An agent, such as a virus, a drug, or radiation, that can cause malformations in an embryo or fetus.
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