matroclinic

matrocliny

[ma-truh-klahy-nee, mey-]
noun Genetics.
inheritance in which the traits of the offspring are derived primarily from the maternal parent (opposed to patrocliny ).
Also, matricliny.


Origin:
1915–20; matro- (variant of matri- with -o-) + -clin- (< Greek klī́nein to bend, lean, or extracted from incline; cf. cline) + -y3

matroclinous, matroclinal, matroclinic [ma-truh-klin-ik, mey-] , adjective
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