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familial

[fuh-mil-yuh l, -mil-ee-uh l] /fəˈmɪl yəl, -ˈmɪl i əl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a family:
familial ties.
2.
appearing in individuals by heredity:
a familial disease.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < French; see family, -al1
Related forms
interfamilial, adjective
nonfamilial, adjective
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Examples from the web for familial
  • familial tremor is an involuntary shaking movement that tends to run in families.
  • Previous studies also had not looked at differences between various familial connections, he says.
  • She belongs to a family carrying the gene for fatal familial insomnia.
  • But there appears to be a familial link in the vast majority of my acquaintances.
  • These are offered, not as heavy-handed lessons, but rather as prompts for familial discussion.
  • Many questions about fatal familial insomnia remain.
  • The opportunities that academic success offers are generally individual, rather than familial.
  • Parents tend to be more protective of their daughters than their sons because the familial costs of pregnancy are higher.
  • Find out the familial structure of organized crime.
  • He hopes to identify the gene for familial synesthesia in order to learn more, he says.
British Dictionary definitions for familial

familial

/fəˈmɪlɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the family
2.
occurring in the members of a family: a familial disease
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Word Origin and History for familial
adj.

from French familial, from Latin familia (see family). Meaning "hereditary" is from 1900; "family-like" is from 1903.

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familial in Medicine

familial fa·mil·ial (fə-mĭl'yəl)
adj.
Occurring or tending to occur among family members, usually by heredity.

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