acquired characteristic


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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
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Yet Darwin's ignorance of heredity led him to continue explaining evolution in terms of acquired characteristic evolutionary changes.
* Acquired characteristics mean the income and wealth associated with someone's own college education.
That process allows acquired characteristics to become inherited.
It, too, talked about acquired characteristics, but not as an alternative to Darwinism.
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.
Also, Glass discusses Darwin's book Pangenesis in which Darwin reintroduces the old Lamarckian idea of the inheritance of acquired characteristics. He goes on to describe it as Darwin's "great blunder" (p.
The results suggest that many plants acquired characteristics that helped them thrive in colder climates -- such as dying back to the roots in winter -- long before they first encountered freezing.

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