|—n , pl -ties|
|1.||the transmission from one generation to another of genetic factors that determine individual characteristics: responsible for the resemblances between parents and offspring|
|2.||the sum total of the inherited factors or their characteristics in an organism|
|[C16: from Old French heredite, from Latin hērēditās inheritance; see |
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
heredity he·red·i·ty (hə-rěd'ĭ-tē)
The genetic transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring.
One's genetic constitution.
|heredity (hə-rěd'ĭ-tē) Pronunciation Key
The passage of biological traits or characteristics from parents to offspring through the inheritance of genes.
The passing of characteristics from parents to children. (See genetics.)