noun[mass noun] Biology
The theory of heredity as formulated by Mendel.
- 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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