- 1The passing on of physical or mental characteristics genetically from one generation to another: the relative influence of heredity and environmentMore example sentences
- Long before we knew anything about the physical basis of heredity, factors or genes were identified in terms of their functional or phenotypic effects.
- So, thousands of years before Gregor Mendel postulated his theories on genetics and heredity, indigenous Americans were breeding corn to select for desirable traits.
- By the age of nineteen, in 1909, Muller had already become committed to genetics and to the chromosome theory of heredity.
- 1.1A person’s ancestry: he wears a Cossack tunic to emphasize his Russian heredityMore example sentences
- The manner in which someone ages depends almost entirely on factors relating to heredity, physical and mental health, and nutrition.
- If the development of a certain disease is due to heredity, then genetic researchers would expect more of the identical twins to share the disease as compared to the same-sex fraternal twins.
- No studies on the respective roles of heredity and environment on the chemotype expression were performed.
- 2The inheritance of a title, office, or right: a second chamber whose membership is largely based on heredityMore example sentences
- There is no longer venality or heredity of public office.
- Power in the Mamluk realm was not based on heredity.
- Neither could have inherited by heredity alone, since it was not clear that a woman was allowed to succeed, and both were illegitimate under English law.
late 18th century: from French hérédité, from Latin hereditas 'heirship', from heres, hered- 'heir'.