behavioral genetics


noun (used with a singular verb)

an interdisciplinary field studying the effects of genetics and hereditary factors on animal and human behavior.

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Medical definitions for behavioral genetics

behavioral genetics

n.

The study of the genetic underpinnings of behavioral phenotypes such as eating or mating activity, substance abuse, social attitudes, violence, and mental abilities.
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