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[pa-truh-klahy-nee, pey-] /ˈpæ trəˌklaɪ ni, ˈpeɪ-/
noun, Genetics.
inheritance in which the traits of the offspring are derived primarily from the paternal parent (opposed to matrocliny).
Also, patricliny.
Origin of patrocliny
1915-20; patro- (variant of patri- with -o-) + -cliny (see matrocliny)
Related forms
patroclinous, patroclinal, patroclinic
[pa-truh-klin-ik, pey-] /ˌpæ trəˈklɪn ɪk, ˌpeɪ-/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for patroclinous


(of animals and plants) showing the characters of the male parent Compare matriclinous
Word Origin
C20: from Latin pater father + clināre to incline
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Word Origin and History for patroclinous

"resembling the father rather than the mother," 1913, from patri- + Greek klinein "to lean" (see lean (v.)).

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patroclinous in Medicine

patroclinous pat·ro·cli·nous (pāt'rə-klī'nəs) or pat·ri·cli·nous (-rĭ-)
Having inherited traits that more closely resemble the father's side than the mother's side.

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