Definition of heredity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//həˈredəti//
; NAmE NAmE//həˈredəti//
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the process by which mental and physical characteristics are passed by parents to their children; these characteristics in a particular person the debate over the effects of heredity and environment Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French hérédité, from Latin hereditas, from heres, hered- ‘heir’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: heredity