congenital definition

  • adjective:
    • Of or associated with a condition which occurs at delivery, as a result of either heredity or environmental influences: a congenital heart defect; congenital syphilis.
    • Becoming or having an important feature as though by nature; built-in or inveterate: "the congenital American optimism that denies disputes and imagines all tales having pleased endingsā€ ( Robert J. Samuelson). See Synonyms at inborn.
    • Present since delivery.
    • present at, or dating from, delivery; pertaining to one from beginning; created with one; connate; constitutional; normal. See connate and local.
    • present at delivery but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development
  • others:
    • Produced or current at beginning; inborn; indigenous: as, congenital condition; congenital deformity.

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