acquired characteristic

acquired characteristic

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  • acquired characteristic — /əˌkwaɪəd kærəktəˈrɪstɪk/ (say uh.kwuyuhd karuhktuh ristik) noun a characteristic that is the result of the effect of the environment rather than of heredity …  

  • acquired character — n. Biol. a modification of structure or function caused by environmental factors: now generally regarded as not inheritable: also acquired characteristic …   English World dictionary

  • acquired character — (also acquired characteristic) noun Biology a change in an organ or tissue due to use, disuse, or environmental effects, and not inherited …   English new terms dictionary

  • acquired — Developed in response to the environment, not inherited, such as a character trait (acquired characteristic) resulting from environmental effect(s). cf acclimatization …   Glossary of Biotechnology

  • characteristic — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ defining, distinctive, distinguishing, identifying, individual, special, striking, unique ▪ Mobility is the defining characteris …   Collocations dictionary

  • acquired — adj. Acquired is used with these nouns: ↑characteristic, ↑immunity, ↑taste …   Collocations dictionary

  • acquired — ac·quired (ə kwīrdʹ) adj. 1. Of or relating to a disease, condition, or characteristic that is not congenital but develops after birth. 2. Resulting from exposure to something, such as an antigen or antibiotic. * * * …   Universalium

  • acquired immune deficiency syndrome —   a fatal syndrome caused by HIV. Main characteristic is a greatly reduced ability of the body to fight infection. Victims usually die from other illnesses they can no longer fight, rather than aids itself, which can lead to underreporting …   Geography glossary

  • acquired trait — /əkwaɪəd ˈtreɪt/ (say uhkwuyuhd trayt) noun a characteristic that an organism develops in response to its environment, theorised in Lamarckism and Neo Lamarckism to be inherited by the next generation. See Lamarckism, Neo Lamarckism …  

  • ac|quired characteristic — ac|quired character or ac|quired characteristic «uh KWYRD», a change of structure or of function in a plant or animal as a result of use or disuse or in response to the environment. An acquired character cannot be inherited …   Useful english dictionary

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