Definition of genetic testing in English:

genetic testing

(also genetic screening)


  • [mass noun] The study of a person's DNA in order to identify genetic differences or susceptibility to particular diseases or abnormalities.

    • ‘In the screening context, companies directly market ‘off the shelf’ screening kits such as faecal occult blood test and genetic screening kits.’
    • ‘For these patients, preimplantation genetic screening or aneuploidy screening has been advocated.’
    • ‘Policies of non-disclosure also prohibit access to genetic screening and the important option of peer support groups for shared learning and experiences.’
    • ‘Early diagnosis of cartilage damage may be achieved in future by magnetic resonance imaging of ‘at risk’ groups and by genetic screening as the techniques improve.’
    • ‘Defining the full spectrum of genetic mutations is key to genetic screening and gene-based therapies.’
    • ‘Why is there such exuberance and optimism in the genetics community about the wholesale adoption of genetic screening and testing by the general medical community and the public?’
    • ‘The enthusiasm for the introduction of genetic screening for single-gene or multigenetic diseases is great in the medical community.’
    • ‘The terms of the licence meant that access to the test was restricted and the foundation was forced to stop offering free genetic screening.’
    • ‘Many people believe that gene therapy and genetic screening of embryos is dangerous.’
    • ‘Not just individual states but also nations are grappling with the new litigious implications of genetic screening and prenatal diagnosis.’
    • ‘We discussed genetic screening, which also can't tell her with any certainty whether or not she'll develop cancer, but only whether or not her risk is increased.’
    • ‘This work laid the foundations for the whole of the biotech industry: without it, DNA fingerprinting and genetic screening would be mere science fiction.’
    • ‘Regarding workplace discrimination, in the United States, where health insurance is usually provided by the employer, genetic screening of employees has more serious implications.’
    • ‘Due to advances in biotechnology, genetic screening for susceptibility to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers appears to be on the horizon.’
    • ‘Recent studies suggest that genetic screening for haemochromatosis will reveal many asymptomatic people, for whom the benefits of treatment are not yet clear.’
    • ‘While the optimism and exuberance of many geneticists about genetic screening seem boundless, the interest of the general public has been greatly overestimated.’
    • ‘Primary care based genetic screening must be inclusive rather than focused on a single disorder.’
    • ‘Coordinated antenatal genetic screening will be even more important with the mapping of the human genome.’
    • ‘The American Hemochromatosis Society proposes genetic screening for newborns to potentially benefit both the child and the rest of the family.’
    • ‘You might be a candidate for genetic screening to see whether you have mutations that might increase your risk of cancer.’