genetic predisposition

An inherited increase in the risk of developing a disease. Also called genetic susceptibility.

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  • genetic screening — /dʒəˌnɛtɪk ˈskrinɪŋ/ (say juh.netik skreening) noun genetic testing performed on an individual, group, or population, usually in order detect or exclude a genetic disease at an early stage, or to determine genetic predisposition or resistance to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • genetic screening — genet′ic screen′ing n. med gen assessment of an individual s genetic makeup to detect defects that may be transmitted to offspring or to try to predict genetic predisposition to certain illnesses • Etymology: 1970–75 …   From formal English to slang

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