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[pa-truh-lin-ee-uh l, pey-] /ˌpæ trəˈlɪn i əl, ˌpeɪ-/
inheriting or determining descent through the male line.
Compare matrilineal.
Origin of patrilineal
First recorded in 1900-05; patri- + lineal
Related forms
patrilineally, adverb Unabridged
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tracing descent, kinship, or title through the male line
Derived Forms
patrilineally, patrilinearly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for patrilineal

1904, from patri- + lineal.

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patrilineal in Medicine

patrilineal pat·ri·lin·e·al (pāt'rə-lĭn'ē-əl)
Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the paternal line.

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patrilineal in Culture
patrilineal [(pat-ruh-lin-ee-uhl)]

Tracing kinship and descent through the male line. (Compare matrilineal.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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