Definition of birth defect in US English:

birth defect


  • A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth and that may be inherited or the result of environmental influence.

    • ‘I didn't know it was the number one birth defect too.’
    • ‘A debilitating genetic birth defect called Morquio syndrome, which affects muscle development, forced him and his sister to be homeschooled.’
    • ‘She has spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal column fails to completely close.’
    • ‘Shortly after that, our third son, started to show the same symptoms, exactly the same symptoms and we know it wasn't a random birth defect.’
    • ‘It may be a disease, disorder, birth defect or injury that a person has to cope with on a continuous basis.’
    • ‘If both parents are carriers of the same recessive gene that can cause a birth defect, there is a one-in-four chance that each of their children will inherit the problem.’
    • ‘When test results show that the baby has a birth defect, early diagnosis and treatment can make the difference between lifelong disabilities and healthy development.’
    • ‘It showed that males aged between 45 and 49 were twice as likely as under-25s to father a child with some sort of birth defect, or who later developed mental illness.’
    • ‘These health professionals help families understand what is known about the causes of a birth defect, and the chances of the birth defect recurring in another pregnancy.’
    • ‘The infant suffers from a life threatening birth defect.’
    • ‘A human body forms from the head down and from the center out, so the danger here then, when a toxic chemical enters our story, is physical malformation, or what we call a birth defect.’
    • ‘Besides missing some birth defects, a routine ultrasound exam occasionally can suggest that a birth defect is present when none exists.’
    • ‘Does an abnormal test result mean the baby has a birth defect?’
    • ‘Women with gestational diabetes, which generally develops later in pregnancy, usually do not have an increased risk of having a baby with a birth defect.’
    • ‘3 or 4 babies out of every 100 are born with a birth defect.’
    • ‘The most common disorder is cleft (separation of the) lip or palate which occurs in one of every 800 babies, making it a common birth defect.’
    • ‘For most of the disorders detected by newborn screening, when one child in a family is affected, the chance of the same birth defect occurring in a sibling is 1 in 4.’
    • ‘Straight ahead, random chance determined she'd be born with a severe birth defect but random chance may also save her life.’
    • ‘It is a congenital birth defect where the kneecaps of the legs have slipped to the outside of the knees.’
    • ‘The reactions of sibs to the birth of a child with a birth defect will vary according to their age, developmental stage, and ‘knowledge’ of the family rules.’