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Trait  [ Biology - Genetics - Morphology]

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Synonyms: Character, Characteristic.
  In biology, a trait or character is a distinguishing feature that can be measured, counted or otherwise assessed.  
A trait indicate a physical or metabolic characteristic or quality of an organism such as size, shape, taste, colour, disease resistance, which is determined by inherited genes. The term phenotype is sometimes used as a synonym for trait in common use, but strictly speaking, does not indicate the trait, but any detectable variation or state of a particular inherited character.(e.g., the trait eye color has the phenotypes blue, brown and hazel).
A trait is passed on to offspring through heredity.







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