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congenital

[ kuhn-jen-i-tl ]
/ kənˈdʒɛn ɪ tl /
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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.
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Origin of congenital

First recorded in 1790–1800; from Latin congenit(us) “inborn, innate” (con- con- + geni-, variant stem of gignere “to give birth” + -tus past participle suffix) + -al1

synonym study for congenital

1. See innate.

OTHER WORDS FROM congenital

con·gen·i·tal·ly, adverbcon·gen·i·tal·ness, nounnon·con·gen·i·tal, adjective
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How to use congenital in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for congenital

congenital
/ (kənˈdʒɛnɪtəl) /

adjective
denoting or relating to any nonhereditary condition, esp an abnormal condition, existing at birthcongenital blindness
informal complete, as if from birtha congenital idiot

Derived forms of congenital

congenitally, 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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Medical definitions for congenital

congenital
[ kən-jĕnĭ-tl ]

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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Scientific definitions for congenital

congenital
[ kən-jĕnĭ-tl ]

Existing at or before birth, as a defect or medical condition.
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Cultural definitions for congenital

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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