heritable

[ her-i-tuh-buh l ]
/ ˈhɛr ɪ tə bəl /

adjective

capable of being inherited; inheritable; hereditary.
capable of inheriting.

Origin of heritable

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to herit(er) to inherit + -able -able. See heir, heredity

Related forms

Can be confused

heritable hereditary inheritable (see synonym study at hereditary)
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British Dictionary definitions for heritable

heritable

/ (ˈhɛrɪtəbəl) /

adjective

capable of being inherited; inheritable
mainly law capable of inheriting

Derived Forms

heritability, nounheritably, adverb

Word Origin for heritable

C14: from Old French, from heriter to inherit
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Medicine definitions for heritable

heritable

[ hĕrĭ-tə-bəl ]

adj.

Capable of being passed from one generation to the next; hereditary.
Capable of inheriting or taking by inheritance.
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Science definitions for heritable

heritable

[ hĕrĭ-tə-bəl ]

Capable of being passed from one generation to the next through the genes.
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