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Meaning of HEREDITY

Pronunciation:  hu'reditee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the total of inherited attributes
  2. [n]  the biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next

HEREDITY is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: genetic endowment
 See Also: biological process, hereditary pattern, inheritance, organic process, property



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\He*red"i*ty\, n. [L. hereditas heirship.] (Biol.)
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}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Genetic transmission of traits from parent to offspring.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Heredity refers to the passing on of a particular trait or characteristic from a parent to its progeny. It can also refer to the sum of the inherited genetic characteristics and traits which makes up an individual organism.
Thesaurus Terms
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