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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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The passing on of certain characteristics from parent to offspring by means of genes.

Usage examples (35)
  • heredity: Something you believe in when your child's report card is all A's.
  • We need not use the term heredity at all, or if we do, must remember that in the present argument it does not refer to any transmission from the parent.
  • For his discoveries concerning the role played by the chromosome in heredity, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1933.
  • The tendency that we call heredity would simply constantly repeat the past: the tendency to vary would vary the tree out of existence. for more
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