health history

Pronunciation: (helth HIH-stuh-ree)

A record of information about a person’s health. A personal health history may include information about allergies, illnesses, surgeries, immunizations, and results of physical exams and tests. It may also include information about medicines taken and health habits, such as diet and exercise. A family health history includes health information about a person’s close family members (parents, grandparents, children, brothers, and sisters). This includes their current and past illnesses. A family health history may show a pattern of certain diseases in a family. Also called medical history.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2019-06-20 Date last modified: 2019-06-20