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  • A boy born with a deficient power of apprehending signs and abstractions must suffer the penalty of his congenital deficiency, just as if he had been born with one leg shorter than the other.
  • An anatomist—even a mere physiognomist— would have seen that the deformity of Philip’s spine was not a congenital hump, but the result of an accident in infancy; but you do not expect from Tom any acquaintance with such distinctions; to him, Philip was simply a humpback.

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  • It was a congenital heart defect.
  • It was true what I’d heard, that his heart was congenitally diseased, and he was now in urgent need of a transplant.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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