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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heredity  \He*red"i*ty\,  n.  [L.  hereditas  heirship.]  (Biol.) 
  Hereditary  transmission  of  the  physical  and  psychical 
  qualities  of  parents  to  their  offspring;  the  biological  law 
  by  which  living  beings  tend  to  repeat  their  characteristics 
  in  their  descendants.  See  {Pangenesis}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  heredity 
  n  1:  the  biological  process  whereby  genetic  factors  are 
  transmitted  from  one  generation  to  the  next 
  2:  the  total  of  inherited  attributes  [syn:  {genetic  endowment}] 




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