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Medical Term:

retinoic acid embryopathy


characteristic pattern of mental and physical birth defects that results from maternal use of retinoids, the synthetic derivatives of vitamin A, during pregnancy. The most well known retinoid is isotretinoin, a drug used to treat severe cystic acne. Features may include growth delays, malformations of the skull and facial region, and central nervous system and cardiac abnormalities.

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