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heredo- pref.
Heredity; hereditary: heredofamilial.


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  • Heredity

    [huh-red-i-tee] /həˈrɛd ɪ ti/ noun, plural heredities. Biology. 1. the transmission of genetic characters from parents to offspring: it is dependent upon the segregation and recombination of genes during meiosis and fertilization and results in the genesis of a new individual similar to others of its kind but exhibiting certain variations resulting from the particular […]

  • Hereditist

    [huh-red-i-tist] /həˈrɛd ɪ tɪst/ noun 1. . /həˈrɛdɪtɪst/ noun 1. any person who places the role of heredity above that of the environment as the determining factor in human or animal behaviour

  • Hereditary spinal ataxia

    hereditary spinal ataxia n. Sclerosis of the posterior and lateral columns of the spinal cord, occurring in children and characterized by ataxia in the lower extremities that spreads to the upper extremities and is followed by paralysis and contractures. Also called Friedreich’s ataxia.

  • Hereditary spherocytosis

    hereditary spherocytosis n. A congenital defect in the cell membrane of red blood cells resulting in thickened, fragile red blood cells that are susceptible to spontaneous hemolysis and marked by chronic anemia, reticulocytosis, mild jaundice, and fever and abdominal pain. Also called chronic acholuric jaundice, chronic familial jaundice, congenital hemolytic anemia, congenital hemolytic jaundice, spherocytic […]

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