from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a disease, condition, or characteristic that is not congenital but develops after birth.
  • adj. Resulting from exposure to something, such as an antigen or antibiotic.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of acquire.
  • adj. Developed postfetally; not congenital.

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  • adj. gotten through environmental forces. Contrasted with inherited.

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  • adj. gotten through environmental forces


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