- 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.
Origin of congenital
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1. See innate.
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- denoting or relating to any nonhereditary condition, esp an abnormal condition, existing at birthcongenital blindness
- informal complete, as if from birtha congenital idiot
C18: from Latin congenitus born together with, from genitus born, from gignere to bear, beget
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- 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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- Existing at or before birth, as a defect or medical condition.
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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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