- (Roget's IV)
Syn. inheritance, ancestry, hereditary transmission, hereditary succession, genetic makeup, Mendelism, Mendelianism, genetics, eugenics.
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Heredity — • The offspring tends to resemble, sometimes with extraordinary closeness, the parents Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Heredity Heredity … Catholic encyclopedia
Heredity — is the passing of traits to offspring. 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… … Wikipedia
Heredity — He*red i*ty, n. [L. hereditas heirship.] (Biol.) 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.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
heredity — heredity. См. наследственность. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) … Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.
heredity — index affiliation (bloodline), ancestry, birth (lineage), blood, bloodline, descent (lineage) … Law dictionary
heredity — 1530s, from M.Fr. hérédité (12c.), from L. hereditatem (nom. hereditas) heirship, inheritance, condition of being an heir, from heres (gen. heredis) heir, heiress, from PIE root *ghe to be empty, left behind (Cf. Gk. khera widow ). Legal sense of … Etymology dictionary
heredity — [n] transmission of traits from parents to offspring ancestry, congenital traits, constitution, eugenics, genesiology, genetic make up, genetics, inborn character, inheritance; concept 648 Ant. acquirement … New thesaurus
heredity — ► NOUN 1) the passing on of physical or mental characteristics genetically from one generation to another. 2) inheritance of a title, office, or right. ORIGIN Latin hereditas heirship , from heres heir … English terms dictionary
heredity — [hə red′i tē] n. pl. heredities [Fr hérédité < L hereditas, heirship < heres, heir < IE base * g̑hē , to be empty, leave behind > GO1, Gr chēres, bereft] 1. a) the transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring by means of… … English World dictionary
heredity — /heuh red i tee/, n., pl. heredities. Biol. 1. the transmission of genetic characters from parents to offspring: it is dependent upon the segregation and recombination of genes during meiosis and fertilization and results in the genesis of a new… … Universalium
heredity — The passing down by genetic transmission of the characteristics of plants or animals from one generation to the next (‘like begetting like’). The idea of biologically transmitted similarities is an old one. However, ideas as to the means of this… … Dictionary of sociology