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fetal alcohol syndrome

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noun

a pattern of birth defects caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy: considered as one of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Abbreviation: FAS

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Origin of fetal alcohol syndrome

First recorded in 1975–80
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British Dictionary definitions for fetal alcohol syndrome

fetal alcohol syndrome

noun

a condition in newborn babies caused by excessive intake of alcohol by the mother during pregnancy: characterized by various defects including mental retardation
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Medical definitions for fetal alcohol syndrome

fetal alcohol syndrome

n.

A complex of birth defects including cardiac, cranial, facial, or neural abnormalities and physical and mental growth retardation, occurring in an infant due to excessive alcohol consumption by the mother during pregnancy.
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Scientific definitions for fetal alcohol syndrome

fetal alcohol syndrome
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A syndrome of congenital defects caused by maternal alcohol abuse during pregnancy and characterized by any of various abnormalities, including growth and mental retardation, cranial and facial malformations, and cardiac defects.
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