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teratogen

[ tuh-rat-uh-juhn, -jen, ter-uh-tuh- ]
/ təˈræt ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn, ˈtɛr ə tə- /
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noun Biology.
a drug or other substance capable of interfering with the development of a fetus, causing birth defects.
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Origin of teratogen

First recorded in 1900–05; terato- + -gen

OTHER WORDS FROM teratogen

te·rat·o·gen·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for teratogen

teratogen
/ (ˈtɛrətədʒən, tɪˈrætə-) /

noun
any substance, organism, or process that causes malformations in a fetus. Teratogens include certain drugs (such as thalidomide), infections (such as German measles), and ionizing radiation

Derived forms of teratogen

teratogenic, adjectiveteratogenicist, nounteratogenicity, noun
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Scientific definitions for teratogen

teratogen
[ tə-rătə-jən, tĕrə-tə- ]

An agent, such as a virus, a drug, or radiation, that can cause malformations in an embryo or fetus.
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