[huh-red-i-ter-ee] /həˈrɛd ɪˌtɛr i/
passing, or capable of passing, naturally from parent to offspring through the genes:
Blue eyes are hereditary in our family.
of or relating to inheritance or heredity:
a hereditary title.
existing by reason of feeling, opinions, or prejudices held by predecessors:
a hereditary enemy.
of, relating to, or denoting factors that can be transmitted genetically from one generation to another
derived from one’s ancestors; traditional: hereditary feuds
early 15c., hereditarie, from Latin hereditarius, from hereditas (see heredity).
hereditary he·red·i·tar·y (hə-rěd’ĭ-těr’ē)
Transmitted or capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring.
Passed or capable of being passed from parent to offspring by means of genes.
A descriptive term for conditions capable of being transmitted from parent to offspring through the genes. The term hereditary is applied to diseases such as hemophilia and characteristics such as the tendency toward baldness that pass from parents to children.
- Hereditary cerebellar ataxia
hereditary cerebellar ataxia n. A disease of later childhood and early adult life marked by ataxic gait, hesitating and explosive speech, nystagmus, and sometimes optic neuritis.
- Hereditary angioneurotic edema
hereditary angioneurotic edema n. A hereditary condition manifested by recurring episodes of edema of the skin, mucous membranes of viscera and associated with either a deficiency of an esterase inhibitor of one of the components of complement or a functionally inactive form of the inhibitor.
- Hereditary cerebral leukodystrophy
hereditary cerebral leukodystrophy n. See Merzbacher-Pelizaeus disease.
- Hereditary chorea
hereditary chorea n. A chronic disorder characterized by choreic movements in the face and extremities, accompanied by a gradual loss of the mental faculties ending in dementia. Also called Huntington’s chorea, Huntington’s disease.