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in·her·it·ed

(in-her'it-ĕd),
Derived from a preformed genetic code present in the parents. Contrast with acquired.

inherited

adjective Referring to a trait or characteristic that is intrinsic to one's genotype; in this context, the synonym hereditary is widely preferred

in·her·it·ed

(in-her'it-ĕd)
Derived from a preformed genetic code present in the parents. Contrast with acquired

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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