paternity test


Definition of paternity test

: a test especially of DNA or genetic traits to determine whether a given man could be the biological father of a given child

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In the ’90s or so people started to be able to use genetic methods to infer actual mating patterns using the same methods that people use for paternity tests. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Lizards gone wild! UC Berkeley researcher’s ‘feminist science’ bucks male-dominated inquiry," 22 Aug. 2019 Drug-use allegations A paternity test proving Jackson was the child's father was completed in April by LabCorp. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Josh Jackson of Phoenix Suns accused of getting infant high, court records show," 20 June 2019 The other man who was ordered Monday to take a paternity test was present in juvenile court with his attorney, sources said. Amanda Marrazzo,, "Crystal Lake mom charged in death of Andrew 'AJ' Freund gives birth to daughter, who's been placed in DCFS custody, sources say," 11 June 2019 Mary Louise demands a paternity test, and then, rebuffed by both Jane and Celeste, tries a different tactic, burrowing herself into both of their lives like a prairie dog. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Big Little Lies Gets Tough," 28 June 2019 Jane denies Mary Louise’s request for a paternity test, but does humour her with a coffee date. Morgan Baila,, "Big Little Lies Episode 3 Recap: It's The End Of The World As They Know It," 24 June 2019 Results for a paternity test were still pending, according to the report. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Illegal immigrant accused of raping, impregnating non-verbal 13-year-old girl," 25 June 2018 According to the source, Wilson has offered to undergo a paternity test. Raphael Chestang, Fox News, "Owen Wilson Offers to Take DNA Test Over Claim He Fathered a Third Child," 30 June 2018 However, our direct to consumer DNA product is not intended as a paternity test and our privacy guidelines require parental consent to test a child. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be an Ethical Quagmire," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of paternity test

1926, in the meaning defined above

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paternity test

pa·​ter·​ni·​ty test | \ pə-ˈtər-nət-ē- How to pronounce paternity test (audio) \

Medical Definition of paternity test

: a test especially of DNA or genetic traits to determine whether a given man could be the biological father of a given child

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