genetic counseling

[ juh-net-ik koun-suh-ling ]
/ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk ˈkaʊn sə lɪŋ /

noun Medicine/Medical, Psychology.

the counseling of individuals with questions, concerns, or general interest in their genetic profiles and histories: genetic counseling can address issues that include inheritance patterns and risks to future offspring, personal risks of cancer and other diseases, and medical and psychological challenges of genetic predispositions.

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Origin of genetic counseling

First recorded in 1965–70

OTHER WORDS FROM genetic counseling

ge·ne·tic coun·sel·or, noun
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Medical definitions for genetic counseling

genetic counseling

n.

The counseling of prospective parents on the probabilities and dangers of inherited diseases occurring in their offspring and on the diagnosis and treatment of such diseases.
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Scientific definitions for genetic counseling

genetic counseling

The counseling of individuals, especially prospective parents with respect to their offspring, about the statistical probabilities of inheriting genetic diseases and the nature, diagnosis, and treatment of such diseases.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for genetic counseling

genetic counseling

The practice of counseling a person about the results of genetic testing so that the results are accurately understood. The person being counseled may then make a more informed decision about any actions to be taken.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.