heredity: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hu-red'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
- the transmission of genetic characters from parents to offspring: it is dependent upon the segregation and recombination of genes during meiosis and fertilization and results in the genesis of a new individual similar to others of its kind but exhibiting certain variations resulting from the particular mix of genes and their interactions with the environment.
- the genetic characters so transmitted. Cf. congenital.
- heredity (Thesaurus)