hereditary hereditary  /hə ˈrɛ də ˌtɛ ri/


  1. (adj) occurring among members of a family usually by heredity
  2. (adj) inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent


  1. Most hereditary disorders in dogs are caused by recessive genes; as long as an animal has a good copy of the gene from one parent, it will override a bad copy from the other parent.
  2. Because this offers one of the few non-human instances in which abnormal behavior can be traced to a definite hereditary characteristic.
  3. Your child may still trip over his own feet now and then, and let's face it, a hammertoe is often hereditary.


  1. High court strikes down gene patents held by Utah’s Myriad Genetics

    High court strikes down gene patents held by Utah’s Myriad Genetics the Associated Press Published Jun 13, 2013 06:13PM MDT In a landmark case, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated key parts of patents that Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics Inc. held on human genes related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. The court’s ruling Thursday seemingly puts an end to the emotionally ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. Ambry Genetics Launches BRCA1/2: Single Genes and NGS Panel Offerings

    Ambry Genetics announced today the launch of BRCA1 and BRCA2 analysis as part of their comprehensive cancer-testing menu. Two genes will be offered as a stand alone test comprising of full gene sequencing and deletion/duplication analyses in addition to being incorporated as part of multiple hereditary cancer panels that test cancer susceptibility genes using next-generation sequencing technology.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. 2nd Annual Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer Ladies Golf Tournament/Luncheon

    The Second Annual Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Ladies' Golf Tournament and Luncheon to benefit FORCE - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered Where: Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club, Branford, CTWhen: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 9:00 am breakfast, 9:30 am shotgun. Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. What: 9 holes, raffle, prizes, honor ballooons and board, presentation and luncheon Golf open to POYCC ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: WPXI Pittsburgh


  1. "There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution," wrote Judge Anna Diggs Taylor of the United States District Court in Detroit.
    on Aug 17, 2006 By: Anna Diggs Taylor Source: New York Times

  2. As Madison wrote in Federalist 47, "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and where hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very...
    on Mar 28, 2005 By: James Madison Source:

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