Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
The hereditary principles of single gene traits derived from laws set forth by Gregor Mendel.
The theoretical principles of heredity formulated by Gregor Mendel; Mendel's laws.
Etymology: Gregor J. Mendel, Austrian geneticist, 1822-1884
the concept of inheritance derived from the application of Mendel's laws. Also called mendelianism. mendelian, adj.
mendelismAn obsolete term for:
(1) Mendelian genetics;
(2) Mendelian inheritance;
(3) Mendelian law;
(4) Mendelian principles;
(5) Mendelian theory.
The differences among terms related to the work of Gregor Mendel (regarded as the father of genetics) reflect context and semantics.