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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

Hereditary characteristic

Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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Hereditary characteristic  (HEREDITARY characteristic)


In eugenics 1, a theory which examined the role of heredity 2, the transmission of hereditary characteristics 3, such as the color of the eyes, from generation to generation. Acquired characteristics 4 are not so transmitted. A lethal characteristic 5 generally brings about the early death of the foetus.

  • 1. Eugenics, n. - eugenic, adj. - eugenist, n.: a specialist in eugenics.
  • 2. Heredity, n. - hereditary, adj.

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