genetic counseling

noun
the counseling of individuals with established or potential genetic problems, concerned with inheritance patterns and risks to future offspring.

Origin:
1965–70

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Medical Dictionary

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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Science Dictionary
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.
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genetic counseling definition


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.

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Example sentences
Genetic counseling doesn't have anything to do with improving the population.
The goal of treatment is to reduce the number and severity of infections, and
  to provide genetic counseling to affected families.
Because albinism is inherited, genetic counseling is important.
Genetic counseling can help families understand the risk of retinoblastoma.
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