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Derived from a preformed genetic code present in the parents. Contrast with acquired.


adjective Referring to a trait or characteristic that is intrinsic to one's genotype; in this context, the synonym hereditary is widely preferred


Derived from a preformed genetic code present in the parents. Contrast with acquired


received by inheritance.

inherited achondroplastic dwarfism
see achondroplastic dwarfism.
inherited combined immunodeficiency
inherited congenital defects
inherited defects visible at birth.
inherited defects
conditions caused by genes which condition the structure or function of an organ or tissue.
inherited diseases
see inherited defects.
inherited metabolic defects
errors of metabolism conditioned by genes.
inherited trait
a distinguishing characteristic or quality received by inheritance.

Patient discussion about inherited

Q. Is Autism hereditary? My 3 year old son has been diagnosed with autism last year. I am now pregnant with my second child and am scared that he will too have autism.

A. There is a higher chance that your additional children will have autism too, however its not a given. Be more alert and notice any early signs that your child may develop.

Q. Is Leukemia hereditary? My Grandpa died of Leukemia when he was 50. I am worried that it might be hereditary. Is it?

A. Overall leukemia is not hereditary but there are rare reports of family clusters, that is, more than one case in a family. Therefore, you should consult your Doctor and tell him about your family's medical history.

Q. Is migraine hereditary? If both my parents suffer from migraines does it mean I can't avoid it?

A. Yes, migraines do have a very strong genetic correlation. However, it does not mean that if both your parents have it, you will have it too for 100%. It means only that you have a much higher risk than the regular population, that does not have migraines in their family, to suffer from this condition.

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Only a small proportion of cancers, up to five out of a 100, are clearly linked to an inherited cancer gene, but please see your doctor and discuss your anxiety.
The Court held that the funds in an inherited IRA are not set aside for the debtor beneficiary's retirement and are not retirement funds under the Bankruptcy Code exemption.
Inherited heart conditions can affect people of any age and can be lifethreatening.
People aged over 50 in Scotland, London, the South East and South West were the most likely to inherit shares, with 15% of people in these areas who hold shares saying they had inherited them, while those in the North West were the least likely to have shares passed down to them, with 10% of people there who have shares having inherited them.
A non-spousal beneficiary of a traditional IRA, however, cannot transfer those funds into a Roth IRA because he or she is not permitted to do a rollover of the inherited IRA--and a Roth conversion is treated as if it were a rollover.
The bankruptcy court relied on what it said was the plain language of Section 522(b)(3)(C) of the Bankruptcy Code and concluded that an inherited IRA "does not contain anyone's 'retirement funds,'" because unlike a traditional IRA, the funds in an inherited IRA "are not segregated to meet the needs of, nor distributed on the occasion of, any person's retirement" (id.
Other courts, including the one ruling on Heidi's case, found that funds in an inherited IRA are no longer retirement funds because the funds are not specifically set aside for use by the beneficiary in retirement.
The bankruptcy trustee and unsecured creditors of the estate objected to the claimed exemption on the ground that the funds in the inherited IRA were not "retirement funds" within the meaning of the statute.
The company aims to commence enrolment of the Phase Ib PROVIDE trial (PROHEMA eValuation for the treatment of Inherited metabolic DisordErs) in paediatric patients with inherited metabolic disorders in the fourth quarter of 2014.
We bared our bumps to highlight the 50:50 chance that someone with an inherited heart condition has of passing it on to their unborn child, emphasising the need for more research into these potentially deadly conditions.
People with the rare inherited T790M mutation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene who have never smoked have a one-in-three chance of developing lung cancer, researchers found.
The inherited mutations by themselves are unlikely to cause ovarian cancer but may conspire with other genetic changes acquired over a woman's lifetime to tip the balance toward cancer, the researchers said.

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