Medical Definition of Intrauterine growth restriction

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

Intrauterine growth restriction: The growth of the fetus is abnormally slow. When born, the baby appears too small, relative to its dates. Intrauterine growth restriction is associated with increased risk of medical illness and death in the newborn.

Intrauterine growth restriction is also referred to as fetal growth restriction or intrauterine growth retardation.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018