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
< Latin congenit(us
) connate (con- con-
variant stem of gignere
to give birth + -tus
past participle suffix) + -al1
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 congenitally
Derived Formscongenitally, adverbcongenitalness, noun
denoting or relating to any nonhereditary condition, esp an abnormal condition, existing at birthcongenital blindness
informal complete, as if from birtha congenital idiot
Word Origin for congenital
C18: from Latin congenitus born together with, from genitus born, from gignere to bear, beget
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Word Origin and History for congenitallyadj.
"existing from birth," 1796, from Latin congenitus, from com- "together, with" (see com-) + genitus, past participle of gignere "to beget" (see genus). The sense formerly belonged to congenial. Related: Congenitally.
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Medicine definitions for congenitally
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 congenitally
Existing at or before birth, as a defect or medical condition.
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Culture definitions for congenitally
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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