genetic counseling


Definition of genetic counseling

: guidance relating to genetic disorders that is provided by a medical professional typically to individuals with an increased risk of having a child with such a disorder

Examples of genetic counseling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the mid-1990s, there were 19 genetic counseling programs nationwide, all of which were modeled on the Sarah Lawrence program and five of which were directed by Sarah Lawrence graduates. New York Times, "Joan Marks, Doyenne of Genetic Counselors, Dies at 91," 2 Oct. 2020 If there is concern that other family members may also have CCM, genetic counseling can help find out. Claire Gillespie,, "What Is CCM, the Neurological Condition in Netflix's New Show 'Away'?," 14 Sep. 2020 The patient is a pregnant woman being admitted for delivery or presenting for prenatal care, ultrasound, genetic counseling and/or associated procedure, antenatal testing, or other prenatal visit. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont Farmington Hills tightens visitor rules because of uptick in COVID-19 cases," 12 Aug. 2020 Joann Ginal, a Democratic state senator from Fort Collins, learned that last year, when Polis vetoed a bill of hers that concerned genetic counseling. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "Colorado Gov. Jared Polis draws lines. Which ones will Capitol Democrats cross?," 9 Feb. 2020 And at the population health company Color, genetic counseling is billed as part of a single service that is included with testing and isn’t impacted by the Medicare restrictions, according to company spokesperson Ben Kobren. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "Genetic counselors push for permission to hold virtual visits with seniors covered by Medicare," 26 Mar. 2020 The company is also the sole grantee selected to set up and deliver genetic counseling for Americans participating in the program. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "This Company Will Provide Genetic Counseling for a Million-Person NIH Study," 21 Aug. 2019 Expect many of your basic prenatal check-ins to take place by phone or FaceTime, as well as visits that almost always used to happen in a doctor’s office with a box of Kleenex handy, such as genetic counseling. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "What Coronavirus Means for Pregnancy and Other Things New and Expecting Mothers Should Know," 19 Mar. 2020 Some in the genetic counseling field put the growth rate closer to 80%. Dorothy Pomerantz, STAT, "I was fortunate to get post-23andMe genetic counseling. Everyone should have that option," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of genetic counseling

1949, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2020

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“Genetic counseling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of genetic counseling

: guidance provided by a medical professional typically to individuals with an increased risk of having offspring with a specific genetic disorder and that includes providing information and advice concerning the probability of producing offspring with the disorder, prenatal diagnostic tests, and available treatments

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