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Definition of Family history

Family history: The family structure and relationships within the family, including information about diseases in family members.

Family history provides a ready view of problems or illnesses within the family and facilitates analysis of inheritance or familial patterns.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=18321
Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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