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v. inher·ited, inher·iting, inher·its
Biology To receive (a characteristic) from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission.

in·her′i·tor n.

Patient discussion about inherit

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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Anna Maria would inherit some of Portia's great fortune which was to be united with Francesco's inheritance from his father and mother.
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If there are no children, the spouse inherits the first $200,000, plus one-half of any excess, and the balance passes to living parents or, if none, to any sibling.
This is especially true for those who inherit investment properties of significant value, as these properties will be re-appraised at fair market value for tax purposes, and a Section 754 of the IRS code election is made.
There are two types of evidence that make scientists think susceptibility to multiple sclerosis depends on the genes a person inherits.
Nearly everyone who inherits a susceptibility to FMEN1 will develop parathyroid overactivity (hyperparathyroidism) by age 60.
Non-identical twins inherit different genes as they come from separate eggs.
According to an Ohio University study, you will inherit money or assets in your lifetime.
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If Jerry dies during the note's 10-year term, his heirs will inherit it without a basis step-up.