heritability

noun
her·i·ta·bil·i·ty | \ ˌher-ə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē , ˌhe-rə- \

Definition of heritability 

1 : the quality or state of being heritable

2 : the proportion of observed variation in a particular trait (such as height) that can be attributed to inherited genetic factors in contrast to environmental ones

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But for cystic fibrosis, another such condition, heritability was only 1%. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Family trees hidden in medical records could predict your disease risk," 17 May 2018 The researchers then overlaid those trees with information on each individual’s health conditions, gleaned from billing codes and lab tests, and used the combined data to estimate the heritability of about 500 traits and diseases. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Family trees hidden in medical records could predict your disease risk," 17 May 2018 The idea that intelligence is highly malleable also jars with research on its heritability. The Economist, "How and why to search for young Einsteins," 22 Mar. 2018 But according to senior author and Harvard epidemiologist Karestan Koenen, those findings only inferred heritability. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "Genetic Roots of PTSD," 1 Feb. 2018 Psychopathy heritability is probably between 50-70 percent. Lynn Johnson, National Geographic, "How Fear Makes You Do Good Or Evil," 3 Jan. 2018 The results suggest while use of antidepressants may increase a child's risk of psychiatric disease, heritability could also play a major role, according to study authors. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "17 Things You Need to Know About Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy," 11 Sep. 2017 To date no heritability (degree to which characteristics are transmitted from parents to offspring) has been demonstrated for any of these diseases. Adrian Tordiffe, Smithsonian, "How to Help Cheetahs Live Longer in Captivity," 24 July 2017 The UW-Madison survey examined four categories based on purpose (medical therapy or physical enhancement) and heritability (the ability to pass effects onto future generations). Jordan C. Axelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Madison course covers the promise and pitfalls of genomics," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of heritability

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heritability

herit(able) + -ability

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heritability

noun
her·i·ta·bil·i·ty | \ ˌher-ət-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē \
plural heritabilities

Medical Definition of heritability 

1 : the quality or state of being heritable

2 : the proportion of observed variation in a particular trait (as intelligence) that can be attributed to inherited genetic factors in contrast to environmental ones

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