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[her-i-tuh-buh l] /ˈhɛr ɪ tə bəl/
capable of being inherited; inheritable; hereditary.
capable of inheriting.
Origin of heritable
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to herit(er) to inherit + -able -able. See heir, heredity
Related forms
heritability, noun
heritably, adverb
nonheritability, noun
nonheritable, adjective
nonheritably, adverb
unheritable, adjective
Can be confused
heritable, hereditary, inheritable (see synonym study at hereditary) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heritability
  • The key to their approach was a statistical concept called heritability.
  • The missing heritability problem will surely be solved sooner or later.
  • Twin studies are also unravelling the heritability of various aspects of human personality.
  • heritability allows us to examine how genetics directly impact an individual's height.
  • As the heritability of intelligence increases, the environmental contribution to intelligence must decrease.
  • New work examining the subtle symptoms shared by close relatives has underscored the disease's heritability.
  • There is also a huge literature in twin studies that highlights the contributions of genes and heritability.
  • W e looked at one cell type and not of heritability.
  • With this in mind, imagine their confusion and horror at being told about non-zero heritability.
  • The extent of the predictive power depends upon the heritability of the trait.
British Dictionary definitions for heritability


capable of being inherited; inheritable
(mainly law) capable of inheriting
Derived Forms
heritability, noun
heritably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from heriter to inherit
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Word Origin and History for heritability



early 15c., from Old French héritable (c.1200), from hériter (see heritage). Related: Heritability.

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heritability in Medicine

heritability her·i·ta·bil·i·ty (hěr'ĭ-tə-bĭl'ĭ-tē)

  1. The quality of being heritable.

  2. The proportion of phenotypic variance attributable to variance in genotypes.

heritable her·i·ta·ble (hěr'ĭ-tə-bəl)

  1. Capable of being passed from one generation to the next; hereditary.

  2. Capable of inheriting or taking by inheritance.

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heritability in Science
Capable of being passed from one generation to the next through the genes.
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