Lamarckism(redirected from Lamarckian inheritance)
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La·marck·ism(lə-mär′kĭz′əm) also La·marck·i·an·ism (-kē-ə-nĭz′əm)
A theory of biological evolution holding that the changes occurring in an organism through use and disuse of its body parts in response to environmental change are inherited by its offspring.
[After Chevalier Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de Lamarck.]
La•marck•ism(ləˈmɑr kɪz əm)
the Lamarckian theory that characteristics acquired by habit, use, or disuse may be passed on to future generations through inheritance.
the theory of organic evolution advanced by the French naturalist Lamarck that characteristics acquired by habit, diseases, or adaptations to change in environment may be inherited. — Lamarckian, n., adj.See also: Evolution
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|Noun||1.||Lamarckism - a theory of organic evolution claiming that acquired characteristics are transmitted to offspring|
evolutionism, theory of evolution, theory of organic evolution - (biology) a scientific theory of the origin of species of plants and animals
Neo-Lamarckism - a modern Lamarckian theory emphasizing the importance of environmental factors in genetic changes and retaining the notion of the inheritance of acquired characters