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inheritance

noun in·her·i·tance \in-ˈher-ə-tən(t)s, -ˈhe-rə-\

: money, property, etc., that is received from someone when that person dies

: something from the past that is still important or valuable

: the act of inheriting something

Full Definition of INHERITANCE

1
a :  the act of inheriting property
b :  the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring
c :  the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations
2
:  something that is or may be inherited
3
a :  tradition
b :  a valuable possession that is a common heritage from nature
4
obsolete :  possession

Examples of INHERITANCE

  1. She began her own business with the inheritance she got from her grandfather.
  2. He left sizable inheritances to his children.
  3. The buildings are part of the city's architectural inheritance.
  4. the inheritance of an estate
  5. the inheritance of a genetic trait

First Known Use of INHERITANCE

14th century

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity

inheritance

noun in·her·i·tance \in-ˈher-ət-ən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INHERITANCE

1
:  the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring
2
:  all of the genetic characters or qualities transmitted from parent to offspring—compare genotype 2, phenotype
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