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malformation

Pronunciation: mal'for-ma'shun

Definition: Failure of proper or normal development; more specifically, a primary structural defect that results from a localized error of morphogenesis; cleft lip. Most malformations are considered to be a defect of a morphogenetic or developmental field that responds as a coordinated unit to embryonic interaction.

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