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Teratogen

A teratogen is any substance or process that may interfere with the normal development of a fetus or cause birth defects.

Teratogens include alcohol, many drugs and medicines, some metals (such as lead or mercury), radiation, and some infectious diseases (such as rubella).

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
Current as of April 4, 2012

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Last Updated: April 04, 2012
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