Clinical Research Glossary

hereditary hereditary


A parent's features and traits being passed to their biological children before birth.

Example of hereditary in a sentence

Traits that are hereditary include eye color and sometimes an increased risk of a certain disease.

More Info

Some physical or behavioral traits are hereditary. This means the traits are transferred from the parents to their biological children through genes, and before the children are born.

Other info to think about when joining a study

You may see the term “hereditary” used in a variety of different situations. It could be used when explaining why a disease might develop or a study to look at hereditary condition.

For example, hereditary may be used in a consent form to describe a type of disease that is being studied.

If you are confused or have questions, you should feel free to ask your study team for more information.

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