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[pa-truh-klahy-nee, pey-]
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noun Genetics.
  1. inheritance in which the traits of the offspring are derived primarily from the paternal parent (opposed to matrocliny).
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Origin of patrocliny

1915–20; patro- (variant of patri- with -o-) + -cliny (see matrocliny)
Related formspat·ro·cli·nous, pat·ro·clin·al, pat·ro·clin·ic [pa-truh-klin-ik, pey-] /ˌpæ trəˈklɪn ɪk, ˌpeɪ-/, adjective
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Word Origin and History for patroclinous


"resembling the father rather than the mother," 1913, from patri- + Greek klinein "to lean" (see lean (v.)).

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patroclinous in Medicine


  1. Having inherited traits that more closely resemble the father's side than the mother's side.
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