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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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The next Oregon AD will inherit a department that is studded with showcase athletic facilities.
Families need to be more open and honest with each other about the items they really do want to inherit.
Cost Segregation Consultants, a national service practice dedicated exclusively to identifying and securing tax savings for property owners through a new, complex and underutilized property classification technique, reminds those who have already inherited, or may soon inherit commercial and multifamily residential property, to take advantage of the benefits of a cost segregation analysis as soon as the estate is settled.
This has led scientists to believe that a person is susceptible to multiple sclerosis only if he or she inherits an unlucky combination of several genes.
If a mother cell divides symmetrically, many scientists theorized that the offspring inherit cellular components equally ravaged by the experiences of previous generations.
Example 1: B inherits $1,000,000 worth of property from A, which is the amount remaining after estate taxes on A's $2,000,000 estate (assuming a 50% marginal estate tax rate).
Nearly everyone who inherits a susceptibility to FMEN1 will develop parathyroid overactivity (hyperparathyroidism) by age 60.
After examining more than a thousand clutches of eggs, researchers at Oxford University in England say a female great tit inherits her eggshell pattern from her mother's side of the family.