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HEREDITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does heredity mean? 

HEREDITY (noun)
  The noun HEREDITY has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: HEREDITY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEREDITY (noun)


Sense 1heredity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("heredity" is a kind of...):

biological process; organic process (a process occurring in living organisms)


Sense 2heredity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The total of inherited attributes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

genetic endowment; heredity

Hypernyms ("heredity" is a kind of...):

property (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "heredity"):

hereditary pattern; inheritance ((genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents)


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