One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- less common term for heritable
- ‘If selection is for the benefit of anything, it is for the benefit of hereditable varieties; some people say that the ‘unit of selection’ is the gene, because only genes persist over evolutionary time.’
- ‘So, the therapy I made up to date to treat this pathology with success during more than ten years, without using any drug, means that its origin is not hereditable.’
- ‘Before the commencement of this class of record, a charter of feoffment was practically the only written instrument by which lands or other hereditable estates were transferred or conveyed.’
- ‘Papillary thyroid carcinoma has been associated with papillary renal neoplasia in a distinct hereditable tumor syndrome.’
- ‘In the individual study, the primary goal is to continue to uncover brain wave differences between addicts and non-addicts and to see if any of those differences also show themselves to be hereditable.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin hereditabilis, from ecclesiastical Latin hereditare ‘inherit’, from Latin heres, hered- ‘heir’.
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