Psych M.D. - Teratogens


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Term: Teratogens
Definition (Myers): agents, such as chemicals and viruses, that can reach the embryo or fetus during prenatal development and cause harm. 1
Definition (alternative): any agent that can disturb the development of an embryo or fetus. 2
Contextual explanation: Teratogens are chemicals or substances that can harm the development of an embryo and/or fetus. These agents can reach the fetus via the mother, whether she absorbs the teratogens voluntarily or involuntarily, like smoking, doing drugs, or accidentally eating mercury. Teratogens can cause birth defects in the fetus like fetal alcohol syndrome and Downs syndrome.
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  1. Myers, D. G. (2004). Psychology. New York, New York: Worth Publishers.
  2. (2002, June 15th). Definition of Teratogens. Retrieved from http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11315.
  3. http://www.flyfishingdevon.co.uk/salmon/year2/psy221psychoteratology/placenta2.gif
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB1JYpoyDyI
Edited by: Yu Sun
Date of last edit: 9/10/09



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