[ kuh n-jen-i-tl ]
/ kənˈdʒɛn ɪ tl /
of or relating to a condition present at birth, whether inherited or caused by the environment, especially the uterine environment.
having by nature a specified character: a congenital fool.
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Origin of congenital
Related formscon·gen·i·tal·ly, adverbcon·gen·i·tal·ness, nounnon·con·gen·i·tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for congenital
/ (kənˈdʒɛnɪtəl) /
denoting or relating to any nonhereditary condition, esp an abnormal condition, existing at birthcongenital blindness
informal complete, as if from birtha congenital idiot
Derived Formscongenitally, adverbcongenitalness, noun
Word Origin for congenital
C18: from Latin congenitus born together with, from genitus born, from gignere to bear, beget
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Medicine definitions for congenital
[ kən-jĕn′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.
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Science definitions for congenital
[ kən-jĕn′ĭ-tl ]
Existing at or before birth, as a defect or medical condition.
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Culture definitions for congenital
[ (kuhn-jen-i-tl) ]
A descriptive term for a disease or condition that is present at birth. A congenital disease can be either hereditary or acquired.
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