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hereditary

 [hĕ-red´ĭ-tar″e]
transmissible or transmitted from parent to offspring; genetically determined.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

he·red·i·tar·y

(hĕ-red'i-ter-ē),
Transmissible from parent to offspring by information encoded in the parental germ cell.
[L. hereditarius; fr. heres (hered-), an heir]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

hereditary

(hə-rĕd′ĭ-tĕr′ē)
adj.
1.
a. Of or relating to heredity or inheritance.
b. Transmitted or capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring: a hereditary disease.
2.
a. Passed down from one generation to the next: a hereditary prejudice.
b. Being such or possessed by reason of birth: a hereditary aristocracy.
3. Law
a. Capable of being inherited.
b. Descending from an ancestor to a legal heir; passing down by inheritance.
c. Having title or possession through inheritance.

he·red′i·tar′i·ly (-târ′ə-lē) adv.
he·red′i·tar′i·ness n.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy

A microvascular endotheliopathy of the retina (OMIM:192315) of middle-age onset characterised by telangiectasias, microaneurysms and retinal capillary obliteration beginning in the macula, and microinfarcts of cerebral white matter that often coalesce to form pseudotumours.

Molecular pathology
Caused by defects of TREX1, which encodes a nuclear protein with 3' exonuclease activity.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

hereditary

 adjective Transferred via genes from parent to child
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

he·red·i·tar·y

(hĕr-edi-tar-ē)
Transmissible from parent to offspring by information encoded in the parental germ cell.
[L. hereditarius; fr. heres (hered-), an heir]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Hereditary

Something which is inherited-passed down from parents to offspring. In biology and medicine, the word pertains to inherited genetic characteristics.
Mentioned in: Amniocentesis, Ptosis
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

hereditary

Pertains to a condition that is genetically transmitted from parent to offspring. See acquired; congenital; familial; inheritance.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann

he·red·i·tar·y

(hĕr-edi-tar-ē)
Transmissible from parent to offspring by information encoded in the parental germ cell.
[L. hereditarius; fr. heres (hered-), an heir]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about hereditary

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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