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hereditary

1. of, relating to, or denoting factors that can be transmitted genetically from one generation to another
2. Law
a. descending or capable of descending to succeeding generations by inheritance
b. transmitted or transmissible according to established rules of descent
3. Maths Logic
a. (of a set) containing all those elements which have a given relation to any element of the set
b. (of a property) transferred by the given relation, so that if x has the property P and xRy, then y also has the property P
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A hereditary defect in synthesis of a crucial blood protein in mice, which constitutes a disease similar to beta thalassemia in humans, has been corrected by the transfer of the corresponding human gene into mouse reproductive cells.
Offer a full refund, replacement dog or agree to pay as much as twice the purchase price of the dog if the animal, within six months, is diagnosed with a congenital or hereditary defect.
Alpha-1 is a hereditary defect that causes early onset emphysema in adults.
Color deficiency (which is often referred to as color blindness) is a hereditary defect that some people have at birth -- it has been estimated that almost 10% of the male population and about 0.

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