teratogenesis

[ tuh-rat-uh-jen-uh-sis, ter-uh-tuh- ]
/ təˌræt əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˈtɛr ə tə- /

noun Biology.

the production or induction of malformations or monstrosities, especially of a developing embryo or fetus.

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Also called ter·a·tog·e·ny [ter-uh-toj-uh-nee], /ˌtɛr əˈtɒdʒ ə ni/, te·rat·o·ge·nic·i·ty [tuh-rat-oh-juh-nis-i-tee, ter-uh-toh-]. /təˌræt oʊ dʒəˈnɪs ɪ ti, ˌtɛr ə toʊ-/.

Origin of teratogenesis

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

OTHER WORDS FROM teratogenesis

te·rat·o·ge·net·ic [tuh-rat-oh-juh-net-ik, ter-uh-toh-], /təˌræt oʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, ˌtɛr ə toʊ-/, adjective
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Medical definitions for teratogenesis

teratogenesis
[ tĕr′ə-tə-jĕnĭ-sĭs ]

n.

Development of malformed organisms or growths.teratogeny
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