Definition of embryopathy in US English:



  • A developmental defect in an embryo or fetus.

    • ‘The model of thalidomide's embryopathy published by my colleagues and I at Idaho State University last year attempted to account for multiple mechanisms of drug action.’
    • ‘Coumarin derivatives can cause an embryopathy (which consists of nasal hypoplasia or stippled epiphyses or both) after in utero exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy.’
    • ‘Warfarin use in the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with a substantial risk of embryopathy and fetal death, and so warfarin should be stopped when a patient is trying to become pregnant or when pregnancy is detected.’
    • ‘But leprosy is predominantly a disease of the developing world, and internet sales of the drug have almost certainly contributed to the re-emergence of thalidomide related embryopathy in recent years.’