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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).

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerSiobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
Last RevisedApril 4, 2012

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