Heredity Definition

hə-rĕdĭ-tē
heredities
noun
heredities
The transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring by means of genes in the chromosomes.
Webster's New World
The tendency of offspring to resemble parents or ancestors through such transmission.
Webster's New World
All the characteristics inherited genetically by an individual.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Heredity

Noun

Singular:
heredity
Plural:
heredities

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

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