paternity test

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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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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 Along with denying the report about the paternity test, the reality star also shared a sweet photo of his baby girl. Mariah Haas, PEOPLE.com, "Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Shares New Photo of Daughter Ariana and Denies Report He Wants a Paternity Test," 9 May 2018 In 2017, a team of Belgian bioethicists and geneticists examined the privacy policies of 43 direct-to-consumer genetics testing companies to determine the possibility of using the easy kits for paternity tests. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "Genetic testing is about to redraw a lot of family trees," 11 Feb. 2018 Ware and Dunbar had planned to meet up that evening so Ware could take a paternity test, Dunbar’s godmother told police. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Ex-boyfriend met her for paternity test. She was ‘never seen or heard from again,’ Arizona cops say | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Dunbar was taking Ware to get a paternity test, her grandmother told the station. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Body of Missing Ariz. Mom Is Found Burned in Field — and Ex Is Charged With Murder," 8 Mar. 2018 For the other half of this paternity test, the geneticists peered into the mummies' Y chromosomes — inherited from their fathers. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "4,000-year-old Egyptian mummies were thought to be brothers. Genetics tells a different story.," 19 Jan. 2018

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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paternity test

noun
pa·ter·ni·ty test | \pə-ˈtər-nət-ē- \

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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