Definition of Teratogen

1. Noun. Any agent that interferes with normal embryonic development: alcohol or thalidomide or X-rays or rubella are examples.

Specialized synonyms: Thalidomide
Generic synonyms: Agent
Derivative terms: Teratogenic



Definition of Teratogen

1. Noun. (teratology) Any agent or substance which can cause malformation of an embryo or birth defects. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Teratogen

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Medical Definition of Teratogen

1. An agent capable of causing malformations in embryos. Notorious example is thalidomide. See: teratogenicity This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Teratogen

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Literary usage of Teratogen

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1. Environmental Issues in Primary Careedited by Barbara S. Murdock edited by Barbara S. Murdock (1994)
"teratogen Exposure Registry and Surveillance (TERAS) TERAS is a network of 20 centers where geneticists and pathol- ogists are studying teratogen-exposed ..."

2. Current Issues in Women's Health: An Fda Consumer Special Report (1993)
"Although data on its effects in humans are sparse, studies in animals have conclusively shown it to be a teratogen—a cause of birth defects. and not well ..."

3. Smokeless Tobacco Or Health: An International Perspective by DIANE Publishing Company (1993)
"The limited prenatal effectiveness of NDMA as either a teratogen or carcinogen may relate to lack of capacity for metabolic activation, ..."

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