Definition of acquired characteristic in English:

acquired characteristic

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(also acquired character)

noun

Biology
  • A modification or change in an organ or tissue that is due to use, disuse, or environmental effects during an organism’s lifetime.
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    • The theory of inheritance of acquired characteristics postulated by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck early in the 19th century is undergoing a surprising revival, albeit in modified form.
    • 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.

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