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1. Capable of being passed from one generation to the next; hereditary.
2. Capable of inheriting or taking by inheritance.
[Middle English, from Old French, from heriter, to inherit, from Late Latin hērēditāre; see inherit.]
1. (Biology) capable of being inherited; inheritable
2. (Law) chiefly law capable of inheriting
[C14: from Old French, from heriter to inherit]
her•it•a•ble(ˈhɛr ɪ tə bəl)
1. capable of being inherited; inheritable; hereditary.
2. capable of inheriting.
[1325–75; Middle English < Middle French]
Capable of being passed from one generation to the next through the genes; hereditary.
Usage The words heritable and congenital are often confused when used in describing medical conditions or diseases. A heritable disease is one that results from a variation or defect in the genetic makeup of an individual. Because of their genetic nature, heritable diseases, such as hemophilia, can be passed from one generation to the next. In this regard the diseases are no different from other genetic traits. A congenital disease is simply one that appears at birth (congenital comes from Latin com-, meaning "together," and genitus, meaning "born"). Congenital diseases may be heritable ones, but they may also result from some factor, such as a drug, infection, or injury, that has upset the careful timing and balance of the developmental process in the uterus.