heredity


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Synonyms for heredity

genetics

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Synonyms for heredity

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

the total of inherited attributes

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An instinct is merely a habit that is stamped into the stuff of our heredity, that is all.
And in this matter I am, as I said, a freak--a freak of heredity.
I am a freak of heredity, an atavistic nightmare--call me what you will; but here I am, real and alive, eating three hearty meals a day, and what are you going to do about it?
His deliberate theory is a sheer fatalism--that human character and action are the inevitable result of laws of heredity and environment over which man has no control.
They quickened the old life within him, and the old tricks which they had stamped into the heredity of the breed were his tricks.
We speak of nature; it is folly; there is no such thing as nature; what we call by that misleading name is merely heredity and training.
Astley, and this young lady might easily take that figure for his real self--for the natural form of his heart and soul--instead of the mere cloak with which heredity has dowered him.
A breeder can do only a few things to change the heredity of his stock.
But heredity plays a role in only about 10 percent of breast cancer cases; and of those who possess the so-called breast cancer genes, 20 percent will never get the disease.
White obsession with miscegenation intensified with the rise of social Darwinism as scientists legitimized popular misbeliefs about blood and heredity.
The operations of the brain result from a balance between inputs from heredity and environment -- nature and nurture -- and this balance should always be reflected in research into the biology of behaviour.
So too did the respective importance of birthplace, heredity, and individual choice.
The major risk factors that can not be changed are heredity (inherited traits), males sex, and increasing age.
Physicians of the day were strangely unaffected by knowledge of animal heredity.