[pa-truh-klahy-nee, pey-]

noun Genetics.

inheritance in which the traits of the offspring are derived primarily from the paternal parent (opposed to matrocliny).

Nearby words

  1. patripotestal,
  2. patristic,
  3. patristics,
  4. patrix,
  5. patroclinous,
  6. patroclus,
  7. patrol,
  8. patrol car,
  9. patrol torpedo boat,
  10. patrol wagon

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019