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Definitions of heredity

  1. the biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The transmission of physical or mental characteristics or qualities from parent to child; the tendency of an organism to reproduce the characteristics of ancestors. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. The transmission of qualities from the parents or ancestors to their offspring. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Transmission of qualities, diseases, etc., from parent to offspring. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Transmission of the characters or qualities of parents to their offspring. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. The organic relation between successive generations. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for heredity

  1. I am aware that there are those who decline to admit any influence of mental heredity and argue that environment is the only factor to be considered. – Grain and Chaff from an English Manor by Arthur H. Savory
  2. Let us see, then, if we cannot find something encouraging even in this law of heredity – What a Young Woman Ought to Know by Mary Wood-Allen
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