heritable heritable  /ˈhɛ rə tə bəl/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) capable of being inherited

Usage(s):

  1. What's clear, though, is that ADHD is highly heritable if one parent has or had the condition, their child has about a 70% chance of inheriting it.
  2. Though musical talent may be partly heritable, there is probably no single gene for musical talent that ambitious parents can have implanted into their unborn children.
  3. This odd, mystical communion between husband and wife comes to seem an almost heritable trait in succeeding generations of this temporally extended family.

News

  • Uncanny Portraits Visualize The Power of Genetics

    "Genetics Are Awesome" uses an ingenious split-screen effect to show how heritable traits get passed down. A prominent technology columnist got science journalists into a tizzy last week when she proclaimed that she was a creationist . She probably didn’t really mean it, but the next time someone expresses doubt over basic, empirically validated facts of how living things evolve, point them ...
    on July 19, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine

Quotes

  • "Whether you have run for office, donated to a candidate, attended a rally or joined a political organization, we found that those activities were heritable," says Dr. Fowler. "The environment is incredibly influential, but without genetics...
    on Sep 4, 2008 By: James Fowler Source: Wall Street Journal

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