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hereditary

adjective he·red·i·tary \hə-ˈre-də-ˌter-ē\

: passed or able to be passed from parent to child before birth

: passing from a person who has died to that person's child or younger relative

: holding a position or title that was passed on from your parent or an older relative

Full Definition of HEREDITARY

1
a :  genetically transmitted or transmittable from parent to offspring
b :  characteristic of or fostered by one's predecessors
2
a :  received or passing by inheritance or required to pass by inheritance or by reason of birth
b :  having title or possession through inheritance or by reason of birth
3
:  of a kind established by tradition <hereditary enemies>
4
:  of or relating to inheritance or heredity
he·red·i·tar·i·ly \-ˌre-də-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of HEREDITARY

  1. He suffers from a rare hereditary condition.
  2. <eye and hair color are hereditary>

Origin of HEREDITARY

Middle English hereditarie, from Latin hereditarius, from hereditas
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to HEREDITARY

Synonyms
genetic (also genetical), heritable, inborn, inheritable, inherited
Antonyms
nonhereditary
See Synonym Discussion at innate

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity

hereditary

adjective he·red·i·tary \hə-ˈred-ə-ˌter-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEREDITARY

1
:  genetically transmitted or transmittable from parent to offspring—compare acquired 2, congenital 2, familial
2
:  of or relating to inheritance or heredity
he·red·i·tar·i·ly \-ˌred-ə-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb

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