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Pronunciation: trat


  1. A qualitative characteristic.
  2. A discrete attribute as contrasted with metric character. A trait is amenable to segregation rather than quantitative analysis; it is an attribute of phenotype, not of genotype.

[Fr. from L. tractus, a drawing out, extension]

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