Definitions for heredityhəˈrɛd ɪ ti
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the biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next
heredity, genetic endowment(noun)
the total of inherited attributes
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.
Origin: From hérédité, from hereditas, from heres.
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
Origin: [L. hereditas heirship.]
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
The transmission of traits encoded in GENES from parent to offspring.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
The cause of all our faults. From Fr. _here_, wretch, and Eng. _ditty_, song. The song of the wretched.
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There's a lot of heredity in that family.
Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.
We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve.
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