|hereditary (hɪˈrɛdɪtərɪ, -trɪ)|
|1.||of, relating to, or denoting factors that can be transmitted genetically from one generation to another|
|a. descending or capable of descending to succeeding generations by inheritance|
|b. transmitted or transmissible according to established rules of descent|
|3.||derived from one's ancestors; traditional: hereditary feuds|
|a. (of a set) containing all those elements which have a given relation to any element of the set|
|b. (of a property) transferred by the given relation, so that if x has the property P and xRy, then y also has the property P|
hereditary he·red·i·tar·y (hə-rěd'ĭ-těr'ē)
Transmitted or capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring.
|hereditary (hə-rěd'ĭ-těr'ē) Pronunciation Key
Passed or capable of being passed from parent to offspring by means of genes.
A descriptive term for conditions capable of being transmitted from parent to offspring through the genes. The term hereditary is applied to diseases such as hemophilia and characteristics such as the tendency toward baldness that pass from parents to children.