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Medical Term:

heritability

Pronunciation: her'i-ta-bil'i-te

Definition:

  1. In psychometrics, a statistical term used to denote the extent of variance of a person's total score or response that is attributable to a presumed genetic component, in contrast to an acquired component.
  2. In genetics, a statistical term used to denote the proportion of phenotypic variance due to variance in genotypes that is genetically determined, denoted by the traditional symbol h2.

[see heredity]

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