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acquired trait

Etymology: L, acquirere, to obtain + trahere, to draw
a physical characteristic that is not inherited but may be an effect of the environment or of a somatic mutation.

acquired trait

A trait that is not inherited; one resulting from the effects of the environment.
See also: trait
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