Individual who is related to you by another individual, without whom you would have no relation to the other. Examples include grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The nearness of a family member with a specific genetic disorder carries consequences in evaluating the dangers for a certain individual. Compare with: first-degree relative.

SECOND-DEGREE RELATIVE: "My aunt is my only living second-degree relative."
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