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[men-dl-iz-uh m]
  1. the theories of heredity advanced by Gregor Mendel.
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Also Men·de·li·an·ism [men-dee-lee-uh-niz-uh m, ‐deel-yuh‐] /mɛnˈdi li əˌnɪz əm, ‐ˈdil yə‐/.

Origin of Mendelism

First recorded in 1900–05; Mendel + -ism
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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

British Dictionary definitions for mendelism


Mendelianism (mɛnˈdiːlɪəˌnɪzəm)

  1. 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.

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mendelism in Medicine


  1. The theoretical principles of heredity formulated by Gregor Mendel; Mendel's laws.
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