Definition of Pit, ear

Pit, ear: A tiny pit in front of the ear, also called
a preauricular pit. This minor anomaly is of no
consequence in and of itself. It is more common in blacks than in whites, and in females than males. It can recur in families. However, the presence of two or more minor anomalies such as this one in a child increases the probability that the child also has a major malformation, such as a congenital heart defect.


Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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