Birth Defects
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About this Term

This report, from the March of Dimes Foundation, discusses the definition of "birth defects."

This report catalogues the evolution of "birth defects" from its original emphasis on structural congenital malformations to the current operating definition.

There is a monetary allowance under 38 U.S.C. chapter 18 for an individual with disability from covered birth defects whose biological mother is or was a Vietnam Veteran.

FK Reading Ease
49.8

FK Grade Level
High School
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  • Birth defects means abnormalities of structure or function, including metabolism, which are present from birth. Serious birth defects are life threatening or have the potential to result in disability (physical, intellectual, visual or hearing impairment or epilepsy). 

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    16

    FK Grade Level
    College
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  • Any structural or functional anomaly [problem] manifesting at any age of environmental or genetic nature (inherited or not) due to causes acting before birth.

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    2.7

    FK Grade Level
    Graduate School
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