any irregularity existing at birth, no matter the cause. It might be prompted by defective fetal growth, genetic variables, chromosome disfigurement, health problems within the mother impacting the fetus's growth, metabolous dysfunctions, or damage to the neurological structures prior to or during the birthing process. Symptoms might not arise until the child is many years old. Commonly referred to as a birth defect or congenital anomaly.

CONGENITAL DEFECT: "The congenital defect was repaired by the time the child was two and the plastic surgery helped to ensure the scar was well-hidden."
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