Medical Dictionary


noun fam·i·ly \ˈfam-(ə-)lē\
plural fam·i·lies

Medical Definition of FAMILY

:  the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also :  any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family <a single-parent family>
:  a group of related plants or animals forming a category ranking above a genus and below an order and usually comprising several to many genera
family adjective
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