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v. in·her·it·ed, in·her·it·ing, in·her·its
1. Law
a. To take (property) by law of descent from an intestate owner.
b. To receive (property) by will; receive by bequest or devise.
2. To receive or take over from a predecessor: The new administration inherited the economic problems of the last four years.
3. Biology To receive (a characteristic) from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission.
4. To gain (something) as one's right or portion: "A certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (King James Bible).
To hold or take possession of an inheritance.

[Middle English enheriten, from Old French enheriter, to make heir to, from Late Latin inhērēditāre, to inherit : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Late Latin hērēditāre, to inherit (from Latin hērēs, hērēd-, heir; see ghē- in Indo-European roots).]

in·her′i·tor n.
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Adj.1.inherited - occurring among members of a family usually by heredity; "an inherited disease"; "familial traits"; "genetically transmitted features"
heritable, inheritable - capable of being inherited; "inheritable traits such as eye color"; "an inheritable title"


1. Of or from one's ancestors:
2. Possessed at birth:


adj wealth, propertygeerbt, ererbt; qualities, diseaseererbt


a. heredado-a, rel. a la herencia.
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Tissue engineering is the method by which the child s own cells are utilized to grow new tissue or organs for repair of inherited defects, or defects that are present at birth.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, method could greatly expand gene therapy to help restore sight to patients with blinding diseases ranging from inherited defects like retinitis pigmentosa to degenerative illnesses of old age, such as macular degeneration.
The HSCs are easily accessible, retroviruses can be used to carry genes into these stem cells, the genes are then expressed in all of cells that derive from the HSC and can correct inherited defects and bring genes that perform therapy under a programme called engineering immunity.
The Clini-Lantern provides the usual tests for "red/green" inherited defects of colour vision, with an added blue filter.

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