Medical Dictionary: Genetic predisposition


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Genetic predisposition: Increased risk of condition from genetic history
Introduction: There are various diseases that are not fully genetic diseases, but are partially inherited via multifactorial inheritance. Some examples are polygenic diseases or diseases that are triggered by the combination of genetic and environmental factors. A person with a "genetic predisposition" has an increased risk of getting a disease, but will not necessarily get the disease unless it is triggered by some other means.
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