Simple Definition of heredity
: the natural process by which physical and mental qualities are passed from a parent to a child
Examples of heredity
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
Definition of heredity
: the passing on of characteristics (as the color of the eyes or hair) from parents to offspring
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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