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[men-dl-iz-uh m] /ˈmɛn dlˌɪz əm/
the theories of heredity advanced by Gregor Mendel.
Also, Mendelianism
[men-dee-lee-uh-niz-uh m, ‐deel-yuh‐] /mɛnˈdi li əˌnɪz əm, ‐ˈdil yə‐/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Mendelism
First recorded in 1900-05; Mendel + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Mendelism
Historical Examples
  • How far does Mendelism help us in connection with the problem of the origin of species?


    Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • Undoubtedly, it must be connected with the phenomena of Mendelism.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • The book was a treatise on Mendelism, and, as I read on, the link was strengthened.

    Mad Shepherds L. P. Jacks
  • Now Mendelism is certainly this, but I believe that it is vastly more.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • Mendelism is the doctrine of the pure transmission of unit characters.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • There were lecturers (really good ones) who discoursed on a wide range of topics, from Mendelism to Mesopotamia.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • That is obvious to the prophets of Mendelism; but, whilst they admit this, they will have nothing to say to the lawgiver.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
  • It is not here claimed that Mendelism is a universal principle, that all characteristics are transmitted in this way.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • According to Mendelism new species are most apt to come from the crossing of diverse forms.

    Six Major Prophets Edwin Emery Slosson
  • But the general results taught us by Mendelism are now established beyond controversy.

British Dictionary definitions for Mendelism


the science of heredity based on Mendel's laws with some modifications in the light of more recent knowledge
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Word Origin and History for Mendelism

1903, in reference to the work of Gregor Johann Mendel (1822-1884), Austrian biologist who enunciated the laws of heredity. Related: Mendelian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Mendelism in Medicine

Mendelism Men·del·ism (měn'dl-ĭz'əm) or Men·de·li·an·ism (měn-dē'lē-ə-nĭz'əm, -dēl'yə-)
The theoretical principles of heredity formulated by Gregor Mendel; Mendel's laws.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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