Pronunciation: (FA-mih-lee HIH-stuh-ree)
A record of the relationships among family members along with their medical histories. This includes current and past illnesses. A family history may show a pattern of certain diseases in a family. Also called family medical history.
Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The genetic relationships within a family combined with the medical history of individual family members. When represented in diagram form using standardized symbols and terminology, it is usually referred to as a pedigree or family tree. Also called family medical history.
Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms2003-04-23 Date last modified: 2009-05-19