Meaning of fetal alcohol syndrome

fe'tal al'cohol syn"drome

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  1. a variable cluster of birth defects that may include facial abnormalities, growth deficiency, mental retardation, and other impairments, caused by the mother's consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. Abbr.: FAS
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