inherited trait


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in·her·i·ted trait

(in-her'i-tĕd trāt)
Any characteristic that is passed from one generation to the next.

inherited trait

A trait due to genes transmitted through germ cells.
See also: trait
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Perhaps the simplest explanation for the existence of antagonistic pleiotropy is that directional selection on maternal performance and/or offspring phenotype has led to the maintenance of alleles that differ in their phenotypic effect at successive life stages (Falconer 1981; for a contradictory result from artificial selection on a maternally inherited trait, see Swartz and Famula 1994).
Analyze images of giraffe spots to understand that a giraffe's spot pattern is an inherited trait.
Goodarzi and his associates had raised the possibility that the metabolic clearance rate of insulin was largely an inherited trait, because of patterns seen in a cohort of 403 Mexican American subjects (Diabetes 2005; 54:1222-7).
Having non identical twins - also called dizygotic twinning - is an inherited trait passed through the maternal side of the family.
It is thought to be an inherited trait so it is likely that someone else in your family will also have the condition but it's nothing to worry about.
And whether a god or a monster or other idea is perceived, past learning or exposure (and possibly even an inherited trait such as pure-tone talent in music) would be the only plausible explanations.
It hypothesizes a clear-cut chain of molecular processes that leads from a single DNA gene to the appearance of a particular inherited trait. The explanatory power of the theory is based on an extravagant proposition: that the DNA genes have unique, absolute, and universal control over the totality of inheritance in all forms of life.
"Something happens during menopause where this inherited trait starts expressing itself," he says.
Lactose intolerance results from a lactase deficiency - an inherited trait. Lactase is the enzyme necessary to break down milk sugar into assimilable foi-m.
Ovide Pomerleau, director of the Behavioral Medicine Program, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, suggests that vulnerability to nicotine dependence may be an inherited trait.