congenital [ k uh n- jen-i-tl ] SHOW IPA / kənˈdʒɛn ɪ tl / PHONETIC RESPELLING adjective 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 1790–1800;
) connate (
variant stem of
to give birth +
past participle suffix) +
-al 1 Related forms con·gen·i·tal·ly, adverb con·gen·i·tal·ness, noun non·con·gen·i·tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for congenitally adjective denoting or relating to any nonhereditary condition, esp an abnormal condition, existing at birth congenital blindness informal complete, as if from birth a congenital idiot Derived Forms congenitally, adverb congenitalness, noun 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 congenitally adj.
"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 adj. 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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