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1. Capable of being inherited: inheritable traits; inheritable property.
2. Having the right to inherit or the capability of inheriting: an inheritable heir.

in·her′it·a·bil′i·ty n.


1. (Genetics) capable of being transmitted by heredity from one generation to a later one
2. capable of being inherited
3. rare capable of inheriting; having the right to inherit
inˌheritaˈbility, inˈheritableness n
inˈheritably adv


(ɪnˈhɛr ɪ tə bəl)

1. capable of being inherited.
2. capable of inheriting; qualified to inherit.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inheritable - capable of being inherited; "inheritable traits such as eye color"; "an inheritable title"
nonheritable, noninheritable - not inheritable


adj (lit, fig)erblich; goodsvererbbar
References in classic literature ?
But the number and diversity of inheritable deviations of structure, both those of slight and those of considerable physiological importance, is endless.
A major focus of their research is the search for genes that, when defective, cause the inheritable disorders.
The birds, commonly known as Darwin's finches, also possess physical traits that are highly inheritable, such as weight and bill size.
Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity, although several inheritable genes have also been linked to the condition.
Autism is the most inheritable of neurodevelopmental disorders, but identifying the underlying genes is difficult since no single gene contributes more than a tiny fraction of autism cases," Rajini Rao of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
Project leader Dr Veronique Bataille said: "It is a highly inheritable disease, it is important for sufferers to know that their lifestyle and diet have little effect.
Williams is now looking at several inheritable factors, including changes in apolipoprotein-B (see p.
The genome contains all of the organism's inheritable information.
If other cells have two normal copies, the retinoblastoma arose from chance mutations in both chromosomes of a retinal cell, and is not not in the germ line and thus not inheritable.