(also acquired character)
A modification or change in an organ or tissue that is due to use, disuse, or environmental effects during an organism’s lifetime.
- 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.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: ac|quired char|ac¦ter|is¦tic
Definition of acquired characteristic in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.