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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Latin
Origin: congenitus, from com- ( COM-) + genitus (past participle of gignere; GENITAL)

congenital

adjective
     
con‧gen‧i‧tal [usually before noun]
1MI a congenital medical condition or disease has affected someone since they were born:
congenital abnormalities
a congenital defect
2 a congenital quality is one that has always been part of your character and is unlikely to change:
her congenital inability to make decisions
congenitally adverb
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