American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or causing malformations of an embryo or fetus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Producing monsters; of or pertaining to teratogeny.
- adj. teratology Of, relating to, malformations or defects to an embryo or foetus.
- adj. teratology Causing malformations or defects to an embryo or foetus.
- n. A teratogenic agent.
- adj. of or relating to substances or agents that can interfere with normal embryonic development
- terato- + -genic (Wiktionary)
“What the word teratogenic means (teratology is the study of abnormalities in physical development).”
“But the World Health Organization reports that "propoxur is not considered mutagenic, embryotoxic, or teratogenic WHO, 2003.”
“Depending on the timing, the severity of the exposure, and the mother's genetic defenses, such exposures can be lethal, teratogenic (cause anomalies, growth retardation) have effects that aren't apparent until a child is older, or have no effects.”
“Just as the Guichen people are justly concerned about habitat destruction caused by oil drilling in ANWAR effecting their sole food source (caribou) The Cree are hit very hard by Oil Shale mining, Cancer rates and birth defects are up as are other teratogenic effects on inhabitants.”
“German measles early in the pregnancy, exposure to radiation and teratogenic medications.”
“The end product is a concentrated mass of heavy metals and carcinogenic, teratogenic, and hormone-disrupting chemicals, replete with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”
“The irony is that the teratogenic properties that caused the birth defects are the same properties that made it an effective cancer treatment.”
“It is correct that thalidomide was not rapidly approved and its teratogenic properties became evident in the meantime.”
“In the end, Judge Edmund Sweeney found that DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to manDDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to man.”
“Most tragically, because our young people have received no official warning from U. S health agencies, they unknowingly micro-cook their sperm, ova and fetuses with a radiation known to be just as mutagenic and teratogenic as gamma wave radiation from nuclear fallout.”
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