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Characteristic

Definition

noun, plural: characteristics

(1) A distinguishing quality, trait or feature of an individual, thing, disorder, etc.

(2) A distinctive mark, feature, attribute, or property of an individual or thing.


adjective

Being a feature or trait that helps identify an individual, thing, etc.


Supplement

For instance, a living thing is considered alive when it shows the following general characteristics:


Word origin: Greek charakt─ôristik├│s (to designate, characterize)
Related forms: characteristically (adverb)

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Re: Mendel's Law

... of these terms were invented not by Mendel, but by biologists some years after his research was originally published. Genes are the units in which characteristics are passed from one generation to the next. For example, a plant with red flowers must carry a gene for that characteristic. A gene ...

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by Sheppie
Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:41 am
 
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Mendel's Law
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Views: 2419

Microevolution verus Macroevolution

... smaller. Some plankton remain microscopic all their lives while others grow into giant squid. Size is not that much of an issue. It is a temporary characteristic of a species and can rapidly change with the availability of food.

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by animartco
Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:17 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Microevolution verus Macroevolution
Replies: 16
Views: 25894

What do you do when talking to creationists?

... You also need to learn about the Nested Hierarchy model of groups within groups - so bats are in mammals and have all the mammalian characteristics (no DNA in red blood cells, in/out lungs, hair, live birth, etc). Although there are many species of bat not one has a bird characteristic ...

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by FriarBroccoli
Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:40 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: What do you do when talking to creationists?
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Views: 7762

Somatic Fusion and Reproduction

... create protoplasts and then create a hybrid plant through somatic fusion, but just a few quick questions first: Do somatic fusion hybrids display characteristics of both cell donors at the same time? Or is it similar to a dihybrid cross, where some plants would show one characteristic and another ...

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by Thomas9666
Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:15 pm
 
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Somatic Fusion and Reproduction
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Views: 2917

The Selfish Gene

... Obviously a gene can't actually want anything. What Dawkins describes in that book is a chain of cause and effect. Genes that have certain characteristics are more likely to propagate than other genes without those characteristics. It's the same process you see at the population level; ...

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by Luxorien
Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The Selfish Gene
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