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Congenital Definition - What Does Congenital Mean

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Updated January 07, 2009

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Definition: The word congenital refers to diseases or problems with the body that are present at birth. Congenital problems are commonly referred to as "birth defects". These problems may be genetic, caused by difficulties during pregnancy or the cause may not be known. Congenital problems can range from very minor to severe and life-threatening.

A congenital problem is the opposite of an acquired problem, which occurs with aging, repetitive use, lifestyle issues or injury.

Also Known As: congenital defect, congenital problems, congenital diseases, congenital birth defect, birth defect, congenital anomaly, congenital disorder, congenital condition, congenital missing, congenital syndrome,
Common Misspellings: conjenital, congenial, congenitle, congenitel
Examples:
The baby was born with a diaphragmatic hernia, a congenital problem.
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