Heredity meaning

hə-rĕd'ĭ-tē
Heredity is defined as the characteristics we get genetically from our parents and our relatives before them.

An example of heredity is the likelihood that you will have blue eyes.

An example of heredity is your possibility of having breast cancer based on family history.

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The genetic transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring.
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The sum of characteristics and associated potentialities transmitted genetically to an individual organism.
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The passage of biological traits or characteristics from parents to offspring through the inheritance of genes.
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The genetic transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring.
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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.
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The sum of characteristics and associated potentialities transmitted genetically to an individual organism.
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All the characteristics inherited genetically by an individual.
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Origin of heredity

  • French hérédité from Old French heredite inheritance from Latin hērēditās from hērēs hērēd- heir ghē- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French hérédité, from Latin hērēditas (“condition of being an heir”), from hēres (“heir”).
    From Wiktionary