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Definition of Heredity


  1. 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.

Heredity Quotations

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.
Paul Tournier

We live in a dancing matrix of viruses; they dart, rather like bees, from organism to organism, from plant to insect to mammal to me and back again, and into the sea, tugging along pieces of this genome, strings of genes from that, transplanting grafts of DNA, passing around heredity as though at a great party.
Lewis Thomas

Heredity provides for the modification of its own machinery.
James Mark Baldwin

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.
Laurence J. Peter

Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Heredity Translations

heredity in Dutch is erfelijkheid, overerfelijkheid
heredity in German is Erblichkeit, Vererbung
heredity in Norwegian is arvelighet
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