family history

noun

Definition of family history

1 : past occurrences (of a medical or mental health condition) in family members or past incidences (of a type of behavior) by family members They have a family history of heart disease. a family history of violence
2 : a record of one's ancestors He can trace his family history all the way back to the Pilgrims.

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“Family history.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20history. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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