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Definition of Paternal

Paternal: 1. Pertaining to the father as, for example, a paternal age effect.
2. Related through the father as, for example, the paternal grandparents.
3. Inherited from the father as, for example, the paternal X chromosome.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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