Definition of cytoplasmic inheritance in English:

cytoplasmic inheritance

noun

  • [mass noun] Inheritance of traits, usually via the maternal line, controlled by an extrachromosomal element.

    • ‘Darlingon began to espouse cytoplasmic inheritance and was therefore criticized for Lamarckianism, a concept that he had fought for so long.’
    • ‘Maternal cytoplasmic inheritance has been considered to be an established feature in many angiosperms and all animals.’
    • ‘Winge also published on cytoplasmic inheritance in hops and on the inheritance of eye color in humans and of coat color in horses.’