What does heredity mean?

Definitions for heredityhəˈrɛd ɪ ti

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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


  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

  2. Origin: [L. hereditas heirship.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heredity

    he-red′i-ti, n. the organic relation between generations, esp. between parents and offspring: the transmission of qualities from the parents or ancestors to their offspring.—adj. Hered′itable, that may be inherited.—ns. Heredit′ament, all property of whatever kind that may pass to an heir.—adv. Hered′itarily.—n. Hered′itariness, the quality of being hereditary.—adj. Hered′itary, descending by inheritance: transmitted from parents to their offspring. [L. hereditas, the state of an heir—heres, herēdis, an heir.]

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


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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heredity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heredity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ralph Kiner:

    There's a lot of heredity in that family.

  2. Bert Vogelstein:

    The first thing someone looking on the web would see is cancer is caused by environment or heredity.

  3. E. B. White:

    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.

  4. J. B. S. Haldane:

    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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