blending inheritance

noun

: the expression in offspring of phenotypic characters (such as pink flower color from red and white parents) intermediate between those of the parents
also : inheritance in a now discarded theory in which the genetic material of offspring was held to be a uniform blend of that of the parents

Examples of blending inheritance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To maintain variation in a blending inheritance model requires a great deal of mutation, the extent of which is just not plausible. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2013 For example, a century ago, people used to argue that natural selection was impossible because of blending inheritance. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 8 June 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blending inheritance was in 1903

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Medical Definition

blending inheritance

noun
blend·​ing inheritance ˈblend-iŋ- How to pronounce blending inheritance (audio)
: the expression in offspring of phenotypic characters (as pink flower color from red and white parental plants) intermediate between those of the parents
also : inheritance in a now discarded theory in which the genetic material of offspring was held to be a uniform blend of that of the parents compare mendelian inheritance, quantitative inheritance

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