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 medications, some metals (such as lead or mercury), radiation, and some infectious diseases (such as rubella).

Last Updated: January 20, 2010

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics

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