quantitative inheritance


Definition of quantitative inheritance

: genetic inheritance of a character (such as human skin color) controlled by polygenes

First Known Use of quantitative inheritance

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quantitative inheritance was circa 1929

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“Quantitative inheritance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantitative%20inheritance. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of quantitative inheritance

: genetic inheritance of a character (as human skin color) controlled by polygenes with each allelic pair of genes at a given locus having a specific quantitative effect — compare blending inheritance, mendelian inheritance

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