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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  1. Heredity plays no part in the disease.



Origin and Etymology 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 for Students

plural

heredities

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




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heredity

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noun he·red·i·ty \hə-ˈred-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of heredity

plural

heredities

  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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