carrier screening

n.

Indiscriminate examination of members of a population to detect heterozygotes for serious disorders and to discourage sexual union and marriage with other carriers. Prenatal diagnosis is used for a married couple who are both carriers.

Nearby words

  1. confluent and reticulate papillomatosis,
  2. confocal,
  3. confocal microscope,
  4. conform,
  5. conformable,
  6. conformal projection,
  7. conformance,
  8. conformation,
  9. conformational analysis,
  10. conformism


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