n. in law and social medicine, refers to a family and its members who are related by blood. The concept may be discussed in terms of a person's blood relations or relatives as opposed to family relations acquired by marriage, adoption, or fostering. See consanguinity- also affinity.

BIOLOGICAL FAMILY: "As to family history, knowledge of a person's biological family makes one more aware of those genetic predispositions and disorders which may be inherited."
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