genetic counseling

noun
|Updated on: 28 Apr 2018

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

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1949

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genetic counseling

noun

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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