Legal Definition and Related Resources of Heredity

Meaning of Heredity

The transmission of genetic characters from parents.

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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Heredity

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1530s, “inheritance, succession,” from Middle French hérédité, from Old French eredite “inheritance, legacy” (12c.), from Latin hereditatem (nominative hereditas) “heirship, inheritance, an inheritance, condition of being an heir,” from heres (genitive heredis) “heir, heiress,” from PIE root *ghe- “to be empty, left behind” (source also of Greek khera “widow”). Legal sense of “inheritable quality or character” first recorded 1784; the modern biological sense “transmission of qualities from parents to offspring” seems to be found first in 1863, introduced by Herbert Spencer.






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