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Genetic predisposition

Synonym(s)

  • genetic susceptibility
  • predisposition
  • susceptibility

Definition(s)

Increased susceptibility to a particular disease due to the presence of one or more gene mutations, and/or a combination of alleles (haplotype), not necessarily abnormal, that is associated with an increased risk for the disease, and/or a family history that indicates an increased risk for the disease

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Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: April 17, 2014