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heredity

noun he·red·i·ty \hə-ˈre-də-tē\

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

Full Definition of HEREDITY

1
a :  inheritance
b :  tradition
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

noun he·red·i·ty \hə-ˈred-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural he·red·i·ties

Medical Definition of HEREDITY

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