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Chapter 7

Growth and Inheritance

TermDefinition
Life Cycle The stages that a living thing passes through as it grows and changes
Mitosis The process by which most cells divide
Chromosome A threadlike structure in the nucleus, made up of DNA
Inherited Trait A characteristic passed from parents to their offspring
Dominant Trait A trait that appears even if an organism has only one factor for the trait
Recessive Trait A trait that appears only if an organism has two factors for the trait
Gene The part of a chromosome that contains the DNA code for an inherited trait
Instinct A behavior that an organism inherits
Learned Behavior A behavior that an animal acquires through experience
Environment All the living and nonliving things that surround and affect an organism
Created by: Dr. Austin