Definition of genetic testing in English:

genetic testing

(also genetic screening)


  • The sequencing of human DNA in order to discover genetic differences, anomalies, or mutations that may prove pathological.

    ‘genetic testing for at-risk relatives’
    • ‘Direct genetic testing to demonstrate mutations in the Notch3 gene can be used to confirm the disease.’
    • ‘Whether we look to stem cell research, genetic testing, or insurance coverage, the focus is now on the individual.’
    • ‘Yet the clinical utility of predictive genetic testing for different diseases varies considerably.’
    • ‘The role of genetic testing in hemochromatosis is not without controversy.’
    • ‘There is no need to adjust the dosage of Strattera based on genotype or to perform genetic testing before beginning treatment.’
    • ‘A doctor can confirm a diagnosis of albinism by genetic testing.’
    • ‘Thus, genetic testing to predict the occurrence of dermatomyositis or its complications is not yet possible.’
    • ‘Should pulmonologists now consider genetic testing in the evaluation of sarcoidosis?’
    • ‘Early diagnosis, which could be aided by the use of genetic testing, is critical for successful management of the disease.’
    • ‘Current advances in genetic research are making genetic testing possible for more and more diseases.’
    • ‘In some cases, genetic testing of a blood sample may be recommended to help confirm the diagnosis.’
    • ‘After genetic counselling the patient chose to undergo predictive genetic testing and was found to carry the same mutation.’
    • ‘The development of genetic testing for disease has raised the problem of whether to test asymptomatic individuals.’
    • ‘If you're one of the women at high risk, genetic testing gives you the opportunity to find out if you do have a mutated gene.’
    • ‘While genetic testing is offering a wealth of information, little is known about its psychological effect.’
    • ‘Stringent informed consent procedures are required for genetic testing in research settings.’
    • ‘Obviously there is also public concern about the accuracy and confidentiality of genetic testing.’
    • ‘Loss of employment or insurability is a fear that can cause individuals to forego genetic testing.’
    • ‘If someone is showing symptoms of the disease, and it is known to run in the family, genetic testing can confirm the diagnosis.’
    • ‘It remains to be seen whether people who have genetic testing to ascertain their risk of heart disease will have similar low rates of fatalism.’