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particulate inheritanceTeilchenvererbung (ger.)

  • The Mendelian theory that genetic information is transmitted from one generation to another in the form of discrete units, so that the biological inheritance of offspring is not a solution in which the parental information is blended. (Oxford Dict. of Genetics 2007)
    heredity blending inheritance

    So far as the transmission of any feature may be regarded as an example of particulate inheritance, so far (it seems little more than a truism to assert) the element from which that feature was developed must have been particulate also.

    Galton, F. (1885). Opening address. Nature 32, 507-510: 510.


    particulate inheritance The theory that maternal and paternal genetic factors do not blend but retain their integrity from generation to generation; Mendel's theory of particulate inheritance; cf. blending inheritance.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 183.