Definitions for heredityhəˈrɛd ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

he•red•i•tyhəˈrɛd ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the passing on of characters or traits from parents to offspring as a result of the transmission of genes.

    Category: Genetics

  2. the genetic characters so transmitted.

    Category: Genetics

  3. the characteristics of an individual that are considered to have been passed on by the parents or ancestors.

    Category: Genetics

Origin of heredity:

1530–40; < MF heredite < L hērēditās inheritance =hērēd-, s. of hērēsheir+-itās -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. heredity(noun)

    the biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next

  2. heredity, genetic endowment(noun)

    the total of inherited attributes

Wiktionary

  1. heredity(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.

  2. Origin: From hérédité, from hereditas, from heres.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heredity(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Heredity

    Heredity is the passing of traits to offspring from its parents or ancestor. This is the process by which an offspring cell or organism acquires or becomes predisposed to the characteristics of its parent cell or organism. Through heredity, variations exhibited by individuals can accumulate and cause some species to evolve. The study of heredity in biology is called genetics, which includes the field of epigenetics.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Heredity

    The transmission of traits encoded in GENES from parent to offspring.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HEREDITY

    The cause of all our faults. From Fr. _here_, wretch, and Eng. _ditty_, song. The song of the wretched.

Anagrams of heredity

  1. third eye


Translations for heredity

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

heredity(noun)

the passing on of qualities (eg appearance, intelligence) from parents to children.

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