a structural or operational irregularity within a person elicited by genetic aspects or a climate-related impact, like exposure to drugs or X-rays while inutero. Instances of these defects is inclusive of Down syndrome, correlated with irregular or odd inherited aspects; and the thalidomide syndrome, marked by malformed limbs, elicited by thalidomide taken by the mother while the child was inutero.

TERATOLOGICAL DEFECT: "There is a strong suspicion that infertility is a teratological defect many people struggle with today due to ingestion of drugs years ago by pregnant women that are now known to not be safe in pregnancy."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "TERATOLOGICAL DEFECT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/teratological-defect/ (accessed June 27, 2022).


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