acquired character

noun Genetics.

a noninheritable character that results from certain environmental influences.

Nearby words

  1. acquiescent,
  2. acquire,
  3. acquired,
  4. acquired antibody,
  5. acquired behaviour,
  6. acquired characteristic,
  7. acquired drive,
  8. acquired epileptic aphasia,
  9. acquired fanconi's syndrome,
  10. acquired hyperlipoproteinemia

Origin of acquired character

First recorded in 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for acquired character

acquired character


A nonhereditary change of function or structure in a plant or animal made in response to the environment.

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