acquired characteristic


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

acquired characteristic

n
(Biology) a characteristic of an organism that results from increased use or disuse of an organ or the effects of the environment and cannot be inherited. See also Lamarckism
References in periodicals archive ?
So it is with Bryant, who seemingly has all of Jordan's characteristics plus an acquired characteristic that he picked up to survive in the environment unique to the Lakers.
The vices were believed, like Lamarckian acquired characteristic, to leave a stigmata which doctors could trace.
In that sense, ISIL acquired characteristics of a brutal state determined to savagely destroy the "near enemy," rather than targeting the West with random terrorist attacks.

Full browser ?