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Definition of Inheritance

Inheritance: The transmission of a gene from parent to child. The pattern of inheritance is the manner in which a gene is transmitted. For example, the pattern of inheritance may be as an autosomal dominant trait that is transmitted from father or mother to son or daughter.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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