inheritable

adjective

in·​her·​it·​able in-ˈher-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce inheritable (audio)
-ˈhe-rə-
1
: capable of being inherited : transmissible
an inheritable title
2
: capable of taking by inheritance
the eldest son is inheritable to the crown
inheritability noun
inheritableness noun

Example Sentences

eye color is an inheritable trait
Recent Examples on the Web The debate over human germ-line engineering—reworking genes in the sperm and egg to create inheritable new traits—sputtered out early in the last decade after gene therapy had a series of notable failures. Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2010 Francis’s group suggests that noise pollution may lead to inheritable changes in specific species and populations. Wudan Yan, Popular Mechanics, 5 Jan. 2023 Little strongly believed that cancer was an inheritable disease, and mice, short-lived and low maintenance, turned out to be the ideal subjects for his experiments. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2016 After decades of research, gene therapies have begun reshaping the treatment of cancers and rare inheritable diseases with medicines that can modify or correct mutations embedded in people’s genetic code. Matthew Perrone, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2022 After decades of research, gene therapies have begun reshaping the treatment of cancers and rare inheritable diseases with medicines that can modify or correct mutations embedded in people's genetic code. Matthew Perrone, ajc, 22 Nov. 2022 With this in mind, one could be forgiven for assuming that Rafal or Thuy carried some inheritable condition and wanted to break the chain. Wired, 6 July 2022 Like Rafal Smigrodzki, Hsu is confident that public disapproval will ease, and that one day soon embryonic selection against inheritable diseases will be considered the norm. Wired, 6 July 2022 In those days, before the scientific understanding of genetics and mutations, biologists could only try to imagine how small, inheritable changes to an organism could impact its reproduction. Quanta Magazine, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English enheritable, inheritable "having right of inheritance, capable of being inherited," borrowed from Anglo-French enheritable, from enheriter "to give (a person) right of inheritance, inherit" + -able -able

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inheritable was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inheritable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inheritable. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

inheritable

adjective
in·​her·​it·​able in-ˈher-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce inheritable (audio)
: capable of being transmitted from parent to offspring genetically
inheritability noun
plural inheritabilities

Legal Definition

inheritable

adjective
in·​her·​it·​able in-ˈher-i-tə-bəl How to pronounce inheritable (audio)
1
: capable of being inherited
2
: capable of taking by inheritance
inheritability noun
inheritableness noun
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