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Genetics Grade5

Genetics Vocabulary/Definitions

TermDefinition
Heredity Passing of traits from parent to offspring
Inherited traits Traits that are passed from parents to their offspring
Trait A characteristic that determines how an organism looks, acts, or functions.
Offspring Children or young of a person, animal, or plant
Parent organism A producer of offspring
Organism Any living thing that can carry out its life activities on its own
Life cycle The stages a living organism will go through during its life time
Variations Differences in the appearance of an inherited trait among the members of a group
Environment The surroundings in which the organism lives
Species A certain group of plants or animals that can only reproduce among themselves
Specialized structure Body parts which help organism survive
Population Number and kind of an organism in an area
Instinct Behaviors that are inherited from the parent organism
Learned behaviors Actions and behaviors that are learned through trial and error or are brought about by environment
Survival The process of staying alive
Gene Chemical factors that determine traits
DNA A complex chemical within the nucleus that makes up a gene and determines what traits an organism will have
Created by: Teaching5th