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Mendelism Line breaks: Men¦del|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛnd(ə)lɪz(ə)m/

Definition of Mendelism in English:


[mass noun] Biology
The theory of heredity as formulated by Mendel.
Example sentences
  • Nevertheless, he later downplayed the significance of Mendelism and held to Lamarckian ideas throughout his life.
  • Dobzhansky extended the synthesis of Mendelism and Darwinism to the understanding of human nature in Mankind Evolving, a successful synthesis of genetics, evolutionary theory, anthropology, and sociology.
  • One of Mendelism's staunchest partisans was William Bateson, an English biologist who saw in it a weapon for his attacks on the Darwinian idea of continuous variation in nature.

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