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heritable

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adjective her·i·ta·ble \ˈher-ə-tə-bəl, ˈhe-rə-\

Simple Definition of heritable

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

  • law : able to be passed from a parent or older relative to a child

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of heritable

  1. 1 :  capable of being inherited or of passing by inheritance

  2. 2 :  hereditary

Examples of heritable in a sentence

  1. <heritable characteristics like skin and eye and hair color>



14th Century

First Known Use of heritable

14th century


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heritable

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adjective her·i·ta·ble \ˈher-ət-ə-bəl\

Medical Definition of heritable

  1. :  hereditary <one of several heritable childhood cancers—W. K. Cavenee et al>




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adjective her·i·ta·ble \ˈher-ə-tə-bəl\

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