her·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈher-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce heritable (audio) , ˈhe-rə- \

Definition of heritable

1 : capable of being inherited or of passing by inheritance

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Examples of heritable in a Sentence

heritable characteristics like skin and eye and hair color
Recent Examples on the Web Physical traits are strongly heritable; behavioral traits, less so. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 This hunch that certain behaviors began before dog breeds helps explain why the study team found that traits like retrieving, pointing and howling — behaviors described as motor patterns — are more heritable. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 Physical traits are strongly heritable; behavioral traits, less so. Corinne Purtillstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Scientists have learned spontaneous parthenogenesis may be a heritable trait, meaning females that suddenly experience parthenogenesis might be more likely to have daughters that can do the same. Mercedes Burns, CNN, 27 Dec. 2021 Cancer is appropriately perceived as a disease of risk: genetic or heritable risks, lifestyle risks and the unknown risks of chance. Siddhartha Mukherjee, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 One reason obstructive sleep apnea can run in families is because the shape of your airway or lower jaw, both of which are risk factors for sleep apnea, are heritable traits, physicians say4. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 28 Oct. 2021 Others, including many with heritable conditions like deafness and dwarfism, long to have children who share their features and their experience of the world. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Early-modern Germans’ heritable immunities were strengthened by plague pressure. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of heritable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heritable

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, from heriter "to inherit, make an heir" + -able -able — more at heritage

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10 May 2022

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“Heritable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heritable. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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her·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈher-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce heritable (audio) \

Medical Definition of heritable

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


her·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈher-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce heritable (audio) \

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