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character

 [kar´ak-ter]
1. a quality or attribute indicative of the nature of an object or organism.
2. in genetics, an observable property of an organism that is under genetic control; a trait.
3. in psychiatry, a term used, especially in the psychoanalytic literature, in much the same way as personality, particularly for those personality traits shaped by life experiences and developmental processes. Compare temperament.
acquired character a noninheritable modification produced in an animal as a result of its own activities or of environmental influences.
character disorders personality disorders.
dominant character a mendelian character that is expressed when it is transmitted by a single gene.
mendelian c's in genetics, the separate and distinct traits exhibited by an animal or plant and dependent on the genetic constitution of the organism.
primary sex c's those traits of the male and female directly concerned in reproduction.
recessive character a mendelian character that is expressed only when transmitted by both genes (one from each parent) determining the trait.
secondary sex c's those traits specific to the male and female but not directly concerned in reproduction, such as facial hair, voice depth, and distribution of body fat.
sex-conditioned character (sex-influenced character) an autosomal trait whose full expression is conditioned by the sex of the individual, e.g., human baldness.
sex-linked character one transmitted consistently to individuals of one sex only, being carried in the sex chromosome.

char·ac·ter

(kar'ak-ter),
An attribute in individuals that is amenable to formal and logical analysis and may be used as the basis of generalizations about classes and other statements that transcend individuality.
Synonym(s): characteristic (1)
[G. charakter, stamp, mark, fr. charassō, to engrave]

character

/char·ac·ter/ (kar´ak-ter)
1. a quality indicative of the nature of an object or an organism.
2. in genetics, the expression of a gene or group of genes in a phenotype.
3. in psychiatry, a term used in much the same way as personality, particularly for those personality traits shaped by life experiences.

acquired character  a noninheritable modification produced in an animal as a result of its own activities or of environmental influences.
primary sex characters  those characters in the male or female that are directly involved in reproduction; the gonads and their accessory structures.
secondary sex characters  those characters specific to the male or female but not directly involved in reproduction. See also masculinization and feminization.

character

(kăr′ək-tər)
n.
1.
a. The combination of mental characteristics and behavior that distinguishes a person or group.
b. The distinguishing nature of something.
2. Biology A structure, function, or attribute of an organism, influenced by genetic, environmental, and developmental factors.

char′ac·ter·less adj.

character

Etymology: Gk, charassein, to engrave
1 the integrated composite of traits and behavioral tendencies that enable a person to react in a relatively consistent way to the customs and mores of society. Character, as contrasted with personality, implies volition and morality. Compare personality.
2 any letter, number, symbol, or punctuation mark, usually composed of 8 bits or 1 byte, that can be transmitted as output by a computer. See also bit.

character

Psychiatry The sum of a person's relatively fixed personality traits and habitual modes of response. See Metacharacter, Personality.

char·ac·ter

(kar'ăk-tĕr)
An attribute in people that is amenable to formal and logical analysis and may be used as the basis of generalizations about classes and other statements that transcend individuality.
Synonym(s): characteristic (1) .
[G. charaktēr, stamp, mark, fr. charassō, to engrave]

character

a genetic feature of an individual that can be assessed in some way Such features often appear in various alternative ‘forms’, each controlled by different ALLELES. For example, the height of a pea plant is a ‘character’, with tall plants (2 m high) and dwarf plants (0.3 m high) as alternative forms (see QUALITATIVE INHERITANCE). Characters sometimes display a continuous range of forms, as in human height, which may be influenced strongly by environmental conditions (see POLYGENIC INHERITANCE). See also MULTIPLE ALLELISM.

Character

An individual's set of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral patterns learned and accumulated over time.
Mentioned in: Personality Disorders

char·ac·ter

(kar'ăk-tĕr)
An attribute in individuals that is amenable to formal and logical analysis and may be used as the basis of generalizations about classes and other statements that transcend individuality.
[G. charakter, stamp, mark, fr. charassō, to engrave]

character,

n one of a set of elementary symbols that may be arranged in groups to express information. They may include the decimal digits 0 to 9, the letters A to Z, punctuation marks, operation symbols, and any other single symbol that a computer may read, store, or write.

character

a quality or attribute indicative of the nature of an object or an organism.
1. in genetics, the expression of a gene or group of genes as seen in a phenotype.
2. in wool the evenness of the crimp.

acquired character
a noninheritable modification produced in an animal as a result of its own activities or of environmental influences.
character data
alphanumeric data.
dominant character
a mendelian character that is expressed when it is transmitted by a single gene.
mendelian c's
in genetics, the separate and distinct traits exhibited by an animal or plant and dependent on the genetic constitution of the organism.
primary sex c's
those characters of the male and female directly concerned in reproduction.
recessive character
a mendelian character that is expressed only when transmitted by both genes (one from each parent) determining the trait.
secondary sex c's
those characters specific to the male and female but not directly concerned in reproduction.
sex-conditioned character, sex-influenced character
an autosomal trait whose full expression is conditioned by the sex of the individual, e.g. human baldness.
sex-linked character
one transmitted consistently to individuals of one sex only, being carried in the sex chromosome.

Patient discussion about character

Q. He sometimes says things that are out of character for him. My dear husband was diagnosed in Nov of last year with Bipolar. My question is, how do I know if the person I am dealing with is his or him illness? He sometimes says things that are out of character for him. Can anyone help me to comfort him?

A. Make sure to surround yourself with supportive people that will listen with open ears and have a shoulder you can cry on when you need to. It is important for partners to also have others to talk to and share with. This is a difficult illness to live with. Educate yourself about the illness and the best ways that you can help your husband and yourself. You are already taking the first steps in joining this group. We are happy to help out. Know that you are not alone...
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References in classic literature ?
He who would imitate an ancient language with success, must attend rather to its grammatical character, turn of expression, and mode of arrangement, than labour to collect extraordinary and antiquated terms, which, as I have already averred, do not in ancient authors approach the number of words still in use, though perhaps somewhat altered in sense and spelling, in the proportion of one to ten.
There was no municipal police for the purpose of apprehending vagrants and disorderly characters.
There were, in fact, so many things to be attended to, so many people to be pleased, so many best characters required, and, above all, such a need that the play should be at once both tragedy and comedy, that there did seem as little chance of a decision as anything pursued by youth and zeal could hold out.
The face which character wears to me is self- sufficingness.
He had long pondered, too, over his relations with Aglaya, and had persuaded himself that with such a strange, childish, innocent character as hers, things might have ended very differently.
We should say that the author's special ethical gift lay in a delicately intuitive sympathy, not, perhaps, with all phases of character, but certainly with the very varied class of persons represented in these volumes.
I found myself in the very absurd position of having no money to pay them, and told them all so with the frankness which is one of the best sides of my character.
A long list could easily be given of 'sporting plants;' by this term gardeners mean a single bud or offset, which suddenly assumes a new and sometimes very different character from that of the rest of the plant.
which means that he presents life and character without bias; or
The character of Adeimantus is deeper and graver, and the profounder objections are commonly put into his mouth.
Thus the man, as well as the player, may condemn what he himself acts; nay, it is common to see vice sit as awkwardly on some men, as the character of Iago would on the honest face of Mr William Mills.
Even hills are not common; though a good deal of the face of the country has more or less of that "rolling" character, which is described in the opening pages of this work.