One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The capacity of an organism to transmit its characteristics to its offspring. Also: the quality of being hereditary; the degree to which a characteristic or condition is hereditary.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ray Lankester (1847–1929), zoologist. From heredity + -ive + -ity, originally translating German Erblichkeit.
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