Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In a cross-bred offspring of parents with antagonistic or mutually incompatible characters, or in the descendants of such offspring, one of the antagonistic parental characters manifested to the exclusion of the other; a character unit or the sensible manifestation of a physiological unit of as yet unknown nature. See the extract.
“This went together after an initial period of conflation by what Elof Carlson called the “unit-character fallacy””
“His counter to the central theme requiring unit-character transmission via corresponding particles was disap - pointingly tangential.”
“First of all, we find useful the principle of the unit-character.”
“The inheritance of eye color serves as a paradigm of the method of inheritance of any unit-character.”
“The conclusions reached are numerous and important, but the one of greatest theoretical interest is this, that feeble-mindedness is inherited as a simple recessive Mendelian unit-character.”
“If this amount is slight, if for instance, only one unit-character causes the difference, the injury to fertility may, be so small as to be practically nothing.”
“There may be slight individual differences, but each unit character will become opposed to, and united with, the same unit-character in the other parent.”
“Varieties deviating only in one unit-character from the species, are more common.”
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