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G.Q., 20th-century British radiologist. See: Chance fracture.
The likelihood that a thing has happened unpredictably without human intervention or observable cause; random variation within a population


Statistics The likelihood that a thing has happened unpredictably without human intervention or observable cause. See Monte Carlo simulation, Random.


1. That which occurs randomly.
2. An accident.

Patient discussion about chance

Q. What are the chances that my children will have autism? My fiancé and I are planning on having children eventually. In his family, three of the five children have autism. My side is clear. What are the chances of us having a child with autism??

A. Autism is related to several genes and not just one. Therefore you can’t really tell if your children be autistic or not- it depends on how much “autistic genes” you and your fiancé have and how much of it you will inherit to your children. Regardless, you should check out this website:

Q. What are my genetic chances to get arthritis? 3 of my grandparents have arthritis but my parents don't. what are my chances to get it as well?

A. thanks dagmar! how do you get your arthritis info? know any good articles?

Q. What should I expect from my pregnancy for the chances of RA? My mother is having rheumatoid arthritis for the past 23 years. After I was born she started having high muscle aches basically at knees. After diagnosis it was confirmed for RA. She says that this pain and the swelling of knees started after my birth. Now I am pregnant and she remains worried about my pregnancy and the chances of RA. I am too getting worried now with my growing weakness and pain in my joints. What should I expect from my pregnancy for the chances of RA?

A. Savannah, first congratulations for your pregnancy!

Actually RA is an autoimmune disease, the exact cause of RA is still unknown, but many researchers believe that one of the factor is genetic factor. since your mom had been diagnosed with RA, it means that you're in risk of having RA also.

Now that you're pregnant, you need to consult with your doctors about your risk factors. it doesn't always have to be you're also having RA. but during pregnancy, because of the body weight gain, it can make the RA more manifest, because of the weight load the affected joint has to bear.
If you are diagnosed also with RA, you need to consult with your ob-gyn doctor for the drugs of choice that is safe for the pregnancy.

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We call upon the public to inform us if they chanced upon the defective water in any outlets at 888555," he stressed.
Last time I was in a cemetery I chanced upon a gravedigger staggering around for three hours with a coffin in his arms.
Its whereabouts were unknown for several decades, until a Sotheby's representative chanced upon it earlier this year in an Austrian family collection.
Writing is fifty years behind painting," Brion Gysin (1916-1986) declared in 1959, a still-contentious statement made the year he chanced upon the cut-up technique.
My wife stowed away the letter and I chanced upon it only a year later.
Despite a frantic search by her fiance and mother, Mrs Cull lay undiscovered until 9am the next morning when Steve Clifford chanced upon her on his way home from shooting rabbits.
The picture is believed to have been taken in October, 1921, by a holidaymaker who chanced upon Shackleton and his team inMadeira on theway to his final Antarctic expedition.
Aa Mahmoud El-Sayed Abdel-Hafiz Essawy, 20, has confessed to the murders, indicating that he entered the house to rob it and killed the two girls when he chanced upon them.
He stands where Jon Pertwee, TomBaker, Billie Piper and David Tennant have stood and chanced upon Skaro, planet of the Daleks - and realised in the process what a fantastically beautiful island Dr Who kept coming back to.
AFTER getting lost in Warwick I chanced upon the Westgate Fish Bar close to Warwick Castle.
I CHANCED upon a group of yobs attempting to demolish a bus shelter by means of vicious karate kicks the other evening in Twickenham Drive, Leasowe.
Myosotis, as Latin scholars call it, likes being beside a stream and once upon a medieval time was chanced upon by a German knight, picnicking on the banks of the Danube with his young lady.