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Pronunciation: in-her'i-tans


  1. Characters or qualities that are transmitted from parent to offspring by coded cytologic data; that which is inherited.
  2. Cultural or legal endowment.
  3. The act of inheriting.

[L. heredito, inherit, fr. heres (hered-), an heir]

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