heredity heredity  /hə ˈrɛ də ti/


  1. (n) the biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next
  2. (n) the total of inherited attributes


  1. Watson, at left in photo, and Crick would have solved the mysteries of heredity and of evolution, all in one shot.
  2. Ergo, he concluded, intelligence and talent were bestowed by heredity.
  3. Although the animals' activity levels could not be entirely attributed to genes, researchers calculated that heredity accounted for about 50% of the differences in activity.


  • Life-changing treatment allows Pembroke woman to cope with rare disease

    nny Manzelli suffers from a heredity disease so uncommon that, while lying in a hospital bed in Spain a few years ago suffering from an attack brought on by her condition, her doctors tried to find treatment options in a Wikipedia article.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: New Hampshire Union Leader


  1. "Our understanding of the basis of cell identity - the way that a liver cell knows that it is different from a skin cell - has been rather vague, much like our understanding of heredity was prior to our knowledge of DNA," said Broad Institute...
    on Jul 1, 2007 By: Eric Lander Source: Newswise (press release)

  2. "Knowing who is at greater risk for melanoma due to heredity, and understanding the pathways leading to cancer, are important steps in addressing a disease which is expected to be diagnosed in over 62,000 Americans in 2006," said National...
    on Jun 29, 2006 By: Elias Zerhouni Source: National Institutes of Health (press release)

  3. Only two decades before the Nazis ascended to power in Germany, Walter predicted that "it is unlikely that the world will ever see another great religious inquisition, or that in applying to man the newly found laws of heredity there will ever be...
    on Feb 7, 2008 By: Herbert E. Walter Source:

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