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Population risk

Synonym(s)

  • background risk

Definition(s)

The proportion of individuals in the general population who are affected with a particular disorder or who carry a certain gene; often discussed in the genetic counseling process as a comparison to the patient's personal risk given his or her family history or other circumstances

Definition from: GeneReviewsThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. from the University of Washington and the National Center for Biotechnology Information

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: November 24, 2014