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medical history (MEH-dih-kul HIH-stuh-ree)

A record of information about a person’s health. A personal medical history may include
information about allergies, illnesses, surgeries, immunizations, and results of physical exams
and tests. It may also include information about medicines taken and health habits, such as diet
and exercise. A family medical history includes health information about a person’s close family
members (parents, grandparents, children, brothers, and sisters). This includes their current and
past illnesses. A family medical history may show a pattern of certain diseases in a family.

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