- DNA testing
- gene testing
- genetic screening method
- molecular genetic testing
- Analyzing DNA to look for a genetic alteration that may indicate an increased risk for developing a specific disease or disorder.
Definition from: Physician Data Query via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- Analyzing an individual's genetic material to determine predisposition to a particular health condition or to confirm a diagnosis of genetic disease.
Definition from: Human Genome Project Information
at the U.S. Department of Energy
- Examining a sample of blood or other body fluid or tissue for biochemical, chromosomal, or genetic markers that indicate the presence or absence of genetic disease.
Definition from: Office of Rare Diseases
at the National Institutes of Health
- Genetic testing is the use of a laboratory test to look for genetic variations associated with a disease. The results of a genetic test can be used to confirm or rule out a suspected genetic disease or to determine the likelihood of a person passing on a mutation to their offspring. Genetic testing may be performed prenatally or after birth. Ideally, a person who undergoes a genetic test will discuss the meaning of the test and its results with a genetic counselor.
Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms from the National Human Genome Research Institute
Related discussion in the Handbook
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.