acquired characteristic


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acquired characteristic

A trait or quality that was not inherited but is the result of environmental influence.
See also: characteristic
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6) And he had a thoroughly scientific explanation for that vital force: the inheritance of acquired characteristics.
This may seem far-fetched, but consider that, just as the Soviet Union relied on an incorrect model of the economy, it also relied on an incorrect theory of biology: the discredited theory that acquired characteristics could be inherited.
He performed blood-transfusion experiments on rabbits, which undermined Darwin's effort to build upon Jean-Baptiste Lamarck's suggestion that acquired characteristics can be inherited.

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