American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A trait inherited in accordance with Mendel's law of segregation.
- n. (genetics) a character inherited on an all-or-none basis and dependent on the presence of a single gene
“Here, as elsewhere in tracing hereditariness in so-called functional nervosities, one should take as the unit character for study the mental traits or trends and exclude definite disease entities applied to ancestral disorders.”
“Each is a unit character but showing graded allelomorphic conditions which correspond probably with different stages of arrested development of pigmentation or mentality respectively.”
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