Definition of acquired characteristic in English:

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acquired characteristic

(also acquired character)

noun

Biology
A modification or change in an organ or tissue during the lifetime of an organism due to use, disuse, or environmental effects, and not inherited.
Example sentences
  • The giraffe is often used as an example of contrast between Lamarck's idea of acquired characteristics with Darwin's natural selection.
  • The details of this theory need not concern us, except to note that it was ‘Larmarckist’ in its contention that it is possible for organisms to inherit acquired characteristics.
  • There are, however, a few examples of biological systems in which acquired characters are passed onto future generations.

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Syllabification: ac·quired char·ac·ter·is·tic

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