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heredity

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noun he·red·i·ty \hə-ˈre-də-tē\

Simple Definition of heredity

  • : the natural process by which physical and mental qualities are passed from a parent to a child

Full Definition of heredity

  1. 1 a :  inheritance b :  tradition

  2. 2 a :  the sum of the characteristics and potentialities genetically derived from one's ancestors b :  the transmission of such qualities from ancestor to descendant through the genes

Examples of heredity

  1. Heredity plays no part in the disease.



Origin of heredity

Middle French heredité, from Latin hereditat-, hereditas, from hered-, heres heir — more at heir


First Known Use: circa 1540


HEREDITY Defined for Kids

heredity

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noun he·red·i·ty \hə-ˈre-də-tē\

Definition of heredity

plural he·red·i·ties

  1. :  the passing on of characteristics (as the color of the eyes or hair) from parents to offspring




Medical Dictionary

heredity

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noun he·red·i·ty \hə-ˈred-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of heredity

plural he·red·i·ties

  1. 1:  the sum of the qualities and potentialities genetically derived from one's ancestors

  2. 2:  the transmission of traits from ancestor to descendant through the molecular mechanism lying primarily in the DNA or RNA of the genes—compare meiosis





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