A condition in which fetal development proceeds more slowly than normal, developmental milestones are reached later than expected, and prospects of delivery of a healthy full-term infant are diminished. It is defined as weight less than the 10th percentile for a given gestational age. It is caused by malnutrition, maternal disease, and placental abnormality. It may be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension in later life. See also Barker hypothesis.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.