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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...
If you ever need to talk please feel free to message me. I check this site a few times a day.
Take care!

More discussions about character
References in classic literature ?
We shall only add, therefore, that the Puritan--so, at least, says chimney-corner tradition, which often preserves traits of character with marvellous fidelity--was bold, imperious, relentless, crafty; laying his purposes deep, and following them out with an inveteracy of pursuit that knew neither rest nor conscience; trampling on the weak, and, when essential to his ends, doing his utmost to beat down the strong.
I felt it almost as a destiny to make Salem my home; so that the mould of features and cast of character which had all along been familiar here -- ever, as one representative of the race lay down in the grave, another assuming, as it were, his sentry-march along the main street -- might still in my little day be seen and recognised in the old town.
Such annotations as may be useful to assist the reader in comprehending the characters of the Jew, the Templar, the Captain of the mercenaries, or Free Companions, as they were called, and others proper to the period, are added, but with a sparing hand, since sufficient information on these subjects is to be found in general history.
Persons of this character will proceed to an examination of the plan submitted by the convention, not only without a disposition to find or to magnify faults; but will see the propriety of reflecting, that a faultless plan was not to be expected.
This consideration, while it serves to reconcile an apparent contradiction in the moral character of the islanders, should in some measure alter that low opinion of it which the reader of South Sea voyages is too apt to form.
They have all, long since, given place to other buildings of a more pretending character.
Amelia is a character more difficult to be well represented than even Agatha.
Stumble-at-truth, that fine old clerical character the Rev.
To a commonplace man of limited intellect, for instance, nothing is simpler than to imagine himself an original character, and to revel in that belief without the slightest misgiving.
Whether the preservation of my father's house in Moscow, or the glory of the Russian arms, or the prosperity of the Petersburg and other universities, or the freedom of Poland or the greatness of Russia, or the balance of power in Europe, or a certain kind of European culture called "progress" appear to me to be good or bad, I must admit that besides these things the action of every historic character has other more general purposes inaccessible to me.
Here was a master who was apparently not trying to work out a plot, who was not even trying to work out a character, but was standing aside from the whole affair, and letting the characters work the plot out.
It may be congruous with this, perhaps, that her success should be more assured in dealing with the characters of women than with those of men.