in·​her·​it·​able | \ in-ˈher-ə-tə-bəl , -ˈhe-rə-\

Definition of inheritable

1 : capable of being inherited : transmissible an inheritable title
2 : capable of taking by inheritance the eldest son is inheritable to the crown

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inheritability \ in-​ˌher-​ə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , -​ˌhe-​rə-​ \ noun
inheritableness \ in-​ˈher-​ə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs , -​ˈhe-​rə-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for inheritable


genetic (also genetical), hereditary, heritable, inborn, inherited



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Examples of inheritable in a Sentence

eye color is an inheritable trait

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Epigenetics are inheritable traits that don't effect DNA sequencing, but typically stem from life experiences. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "THC Could Affect Men's Sperm, New Study Says," 20 Dec. 2018 In 2017, the FDA approved gene therapy for an inheritable form of blindness. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Latest Glaucoma Treatment Could Be Magnets In Your Eyes," 13 Nov. 2018 According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 50 different types of inheritable cancer have been identified, appearing in most major organs from the brain and colon to the thyroid gland and stomach. Paul Sisson,, "Free panel to explore living with inherited cancer risk," 10 July 2018 A few years ago, nobody from his Dinka tribe would allow their daughters to marry him for fear that his genes carried some inheritable blunder. Deirdre Fernandes,, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Your family history is also something to think about, as with any condition with an inheritable component. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Your Shame-Free Guide to Taking Antidepressants for the First Time," 17 May 2018 In addition, according to ABC News, McNeill said Cruz's mother may have also had an inheritable annuity potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Parkland massacre suspect Nikolas Cruz wants inheritance donated to victims," 12 Apr. 2018 And for the moment, the Food and Drug Administration is prohibited from using federal money to review research on inheritable embryo modification. Orange County Register, "No designer babies, but gene editing to avoid disease? Maybe," 14 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of inheritable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inheritable

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

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in·​her·​it·​able | \ in-ˈher-ət-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of inheritable

: capable of being transmitted from parent to offspring genetically

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inheritability \ -​ˌher-​ət-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē \ noun, plural inherabilities


in·​her·​it·​able | \ in-ˈher-i-tə-bəl \

Legal Definition of inheritable

1 : capable of being inherited
2 : capable of taking by inheritance

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inheritability \ in-​ˌher-​i-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
inheritableness noun

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