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1. Capable of being passed from one generation to the next; hereditary.
2. Capable of inheriting or taking by inheritance.

her′i·ta·bil′i·ty n.
her′i·ta·bly adv.
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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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The deeds say it must be divided equally between us but state that it will go to the survivors or survivor, 'heritably and irredeemably all and whole'.
Heritably estimates and adjustment factors for the effects of bull age and age of dam on yearling testicular size in breeds of bulls.
In another study, tissue culture of rice and selection of cell lines at chilling temperature (4 [degrees] C) were used to investigate the usefulness of somaclonal variation and/ or cell line selection for chilling tolerance, and resulted in the production and selection of genotypes with heritably improved chilling tolerance (Bertin et al., 1995).