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hereditaryadjective

uk   /hɪˈred.ɪ.tər.i/  us   /həˈred.ə.ter.i/
(of ​characteristics or ​diseases) ​passed from the genes of a ​parent to a ​child, or (of ​titles and ​positions in ​society) ​passed from ​parent to a ​child as a ​right: a hereditary ​disease Depression is often hereditary. It is a hereditary title, so ​Mark Howard will ​becomeSirMark Howard on his father's ​death.
(Definition of hereditary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hereditaryadjective [not gradable]

 us   /həˈred·ɪˌter·i/
caused by or having to do with ​heredity
(Definition of hereditary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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