Definition of Family history

1. Noun. Part of a patient's medical history in which questions are asked in an attempt to find out whether the patient has hereditary tendencies toward particular diseases.

Generic synonyms: Case History
Group relationships: Anamnesis, Medical History, Medical Record

Definition of Family history

1. Noun. an extension to genealogy in which the life and times of the people concerned are investigated ¹

2. Noun. (medicine) Information concerning the disorders suffered by the direct relatives of a patient; especially useful if the disorders are genetic ¹

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Medical Definition of Family history

1. The medical history of your immediate blood relatives (mother, father, grandparents and siblings) (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Family History

family Zoarcidae
family Zosteraceae
family Zygnemataceae
family Zygophyllaceae
family business
family characteristics
family circle
family court
family dissidents
family doctor
family doctors
family group
family health
family historian
family history (current term)
family home evening
family leave
family line
family man
family medicine
family men
family name
family names
family of orientation
family of procreation
family physician
family planning policy

Literary usage of Family history

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"Good family history. Cough, hectic, for one year; effusion filling right cheat; rales in lung at ... Good family history. Cough, loss of appetite and flesh. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1899)
"family history of rheumatism and gout. Seven years ago was paralyzed on right ... Gouty family history. A great sufferer from gout for many years. Tophi. ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(f) Heredity and family history.—Heredity has a powerful influence on the ... The prognosis is always less favorable with a clear family history of heart ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"... BROOKLYN MUSEUM A PERSONAL AND family history REGISTER To THE EDITOR OF SCIENCE: In SCIENCE of May 16, 1913, the writer called attention to a call made ..."

5. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Henry Fritz-Gilbert Waters (1899)
"Leach has produced one of the most attractive volumes of American family history yet issued. It is printed on an excellent quality of handmade paper, ..."

6. The Life and Times of Henry Clay by Calvin Calton (1846)
"His Birth, Parentage, and family history.—Death of his Father.—The Widow's Cares.—Schoolmaster and Schoolhouse of the Slashes. —The Mill-Boy of the Slashes. ..."

7. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1910)
"... in England and America: a fragment of family history, the result of a few days' research in the British Museum. London: J. Speirs, 1877. 46 p. 8°. ..."

8. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"Rossouw, JE; Thompson, ML; Jooste, PL; Swanepoel, AS; Jordaan, PC Relation of family history and reversible risk factors to coronary heart disease ..."

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