NCI Dictionary of Genetics Terms

The NCI Dictionary of Genetics Terms contains technical definitions for more than 200 terms related to genetics. These definitions were developed by the PDQ® Cancer Genetics Editorial Board to support the evidence-based, peer-reviewed PDQ cancer genetics information summaries.

family cancer syndrome
(FA-mih-lee KAN-ser SIN-drome)
Describes the clinical manifestations associated with a mutation conferring cancer susceptibility. Also called hereditary cancer syndrome and inherited cancer syndrome.