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acquired character

noun, Genetics.
1.
a noninheritable character that results from certain environmental influences.
Origin of acquired character
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • The writer is not aware that there is at present on record a single adequate proof of the heredity of an acquired character.

  • Music, like language, is also an acquired character, and it is probably not transmitted.

    Homo-culture Martin Luther Holbrook
  • An acquired character is simply a modification, due to some cause external to the germ-plasm acting on an inborn character.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • It was their acquired character that probably led eventually to their disuse.

    Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10) Burleigh James Bartlett
  • In contradistinction to this conception is that which assumes inversion to be an acquired character of the sexual impulse.

  • And further, our much-vaunted two thousand years of culture is a thing of the mind, an acquired character.

  • They are usually contrasted with "acquired characters," using the expression "acquired character" in the Lamarckian sense.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • Personal temperament, acquired character, or external conditions may make the feeling greater or less.

    Theoretical Ethics Milton Valentine
  • His words are: "If there has been no transmission of acquired character there has been no evolution."

    Homo-culture Martin Luther Holbrook
  • Alcoholic degeneration is not a functionally-produced modification, but it is an acquired character, as is lead poisoning.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
acquired character in Medicine

acquired character n.
A nonhereditary change of function or structure in a plant or animal made in response to the environment.

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