blending inheritance(redirected from Blending hypothesis)
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galtonian term for inheritance in which no component is conspicuous or obtrusive.
The discredited theory that inheritance of traits from two parents produces offspring with characteristics that are intermediate between those of the parents.
the apparent fusion in offspring of distinct, dissimilar characteristics of the parents. Blended characteristics are usually of a quantitative nature, such as height, and fail to segregate in successive generations. The phenomenon is the result of multiple pairs of genes that have a cumulative effect. See also polygene.