- The genetic relationships and medical history of a family; when
represented in diagram form using standardized symbols and terminology, usually
referred to as a pedigree
Definition from: GeneReviews
from the University of Washington and the National Center for Biotechnology Information
- A record of a person's current and past illnesses, and those of his or her parents, brothers, sisters, children, and other family members. A family history shows the pattern of certain diseases in a family, and helps to determine risk factors for those and other diseases.
National Cancer Institute
- A family history is a record of medical information about an individual and their biological family. Human genetic data is becoming more prevalent and easy to obtain. Increasingly, this data is being used to identify individuals who are at increased risk for developing genetic disorders that run in families.
Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms from the National Human Genome Research Institute
Related discussion in the Handbook
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.