Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
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Encyclopedia of Environmetrics
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Coull, B. A. and Holmes, L. B. 2006. Teratogenesis, Environmental. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 6.
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
Teratogenesis is defined as the induction of malformations or defects in fetuses during gestation or at birth. As one might expect, induction of birth defects is a major public health concern. Many of these birth defects are attributed to the process of multifactorial inheritance in which both genetic and nongenetic factors are presumed to be involved. Unfortunately, the large majority of the nongenetic factors remain unidentified.