medical Definition of acquired
- Hyperoxaluria may be due to overproduction from hereditary disorders of metabolism or it may be an acquired disorder caused by intestinal disease or diet.
- —The Journal of the American Medical Association, 19 Aug. 1988
- This is clearly a claim on behalf of the Lamarckian idea that members of a species can inherit behavioral characteristics developed by their ancestors, that is, that acquired traits can be biologically transmitted.
- —David McNally, Bodies of Meaning, 2001