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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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