Definition of Heredity

1. Noun. The biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next.

Generic synonyms: Biological Process, Organic Process
Derivative terms: Hereditary

2. Noun. The total of inherited attributes.
Exact synonyms: Genetic Endowment
Generic synonyms: Property
Specialized synonyms: Hereditary Pattern, Inheritance
Derivative terms: Hereditary

Definition of Heredity

1. n. Hereditary transmission of the physical and psychical qualities of parents to their offspring; the biological law by which living beings tend to repeat their characteristics in their descendants. See Pangenesis.

Definition of Heredity

1. Noun. Hereditary transmission of the physical and genetic qualities of parents to their offspring; the biological law by which living beings tend to repeat their characteristics in their descendants. ¹

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Definition of Heredity

1. the genetic transmission of characteristics [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of Heredity

1. 1. The genetic transmission of a particular quality or trait from parent to offspring. 2. The genetic constitution of an individual. Origin: L. Hereditas This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Heredity

hereditary myokymia
hereditary opalescent dentin
hereditary pancreatitis
hereditary pattern
hereditary peroneal nerve dysfunction
hereditary persistence of foetal haemoglobin
hereditary progressive arthro-ophthalmopathy
hereditary pyropoikilocytosis
hereditary sensory radicular neuropathy
hereditary spherocytosis
hereditary spinal ataxia
heredity (current term)
heredofamilial tremor
heredopathia atactica polyneuritiformis

Literary usage of Heredity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"QK New Repub 2:325-6; 6: Right to marry: what can a democratic civilization do about heredity and child welfare? Л. Meyer. ..."

2. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1905)
"Baldwin, JM heredity and instinct. Science, ns, iii, 1896, pp. 438-445. 558-561. ... Brinton, DG Factors of heredity and environment in man. Wash., 1898. ..."

3. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1906)
"The main facts in regard to the cellular basis of heredity. Austin, t'ont. Zool. Lab. Univ. Tei., No. 56 ; Philadelphia, Pa., Proc. ..."

4. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1894)
"by Mr. Theodore Gilman, there occur the following sentences : "Ribot defines its meaning [that is. of heredity] as 'that biological law by ' ' which all ..."

5. Organic Evolution by Richard Swann Lull (1917)
"CHAPTER X heredity With heredity again as with variation, we are dealing with a fact; the laws of heredity and whether or not certain characters are ..."

6. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1898)
"This certainly was my own condition when writing my memoir on heredity in 1895, and although in that memoir I pretty fully developed the theory of multiple ..."

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