12 terms

Word Explore Level G, Lesson 12

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inherit
to get certain traits from your parents and ancestors
trait
a distinguishing characteristic or quality that a person has
heredity
the passing of characteristics from parents to their young
nucleus
the central part of a cell
cellular
relating to a small basic unit in living things
adaptation
the changing over time of a characteristic so that it has a better chance of living in its surroundings
gene
the part of a cell that determines the characteristics a living thing will have
genetics
the study of how characteristics are passed from one generation to another
chromosome
the part of a cell that carries the matter that determines characteristics
mutation
the process of developing different characteristics because of a change in the part of a cell that determines these characteristics
dominant
stronger, when speaking of cells that determine characteristics
recessive
weaker, when speaking of cells that determine characteristics