Genetic vs Heritability - What's the difference?

genetic | heritability |

As an adjective genetic

is (genetics) relating to genetics or genes.

As a noun heritability is

(uncountable) the condition of being inheritable.



  • (genetics) Relating to genetics or genes.
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  • Caused by genes.
  • Of or relating to origin (genesis).
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  • All evidence tends to this conclusion, that the sun is the prime genetic agent of earthquakes and of every other pluto-dynamic impulse which acts against the crust of the planet, and breaks or elevates any of its parts.


    * hereditary

    Derived terms

    * genetic algorithm * genetic code * genetic disorder * genetic drift * genetic engineer * genetic engineering * genetic fingerprinting * genetic material * genetic modification




    (wikipedia heritability)
  • (uncountable) The condition of being inheritable
  • (countable, genetics) The ratio of the genetic variance of a population to its phenotypic variance; i.e. the proportion of variability that is genetic in origin
  • Synonyms

    * inheritability (much less common )


    * environmentability