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Definition of Carrier test

Carrier test: A test designed to detect carriers of a gene for a recessive genetic disorder. For example, carrier testing is done for the sickle cell trait, thalassemia trait, and Tay-Sachs gene.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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