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Property received from a decedent, either by will or through state laws of intestate succession, where the decedent has failed to execute a valid will.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. whatever one receives upon the death of a relative due to the laws of descent and distribution, when there is no will. However, inheritance has come to mean anything received from the estate of a person who has died, whether by the laws of descent or as a beneficiary of a will or trust. (See: inherit, heir, heiress, descent and distribution, intestacy, intestate succession, will)

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1 hereditary succession to an estate or title.
2 the right of an heir to succeed to property on the death of an ancestor.
3 something that may legally be transmitted to an heir.
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INHERITANCE, estates. A perpetuity in lands to a man and his heirs; or it is the right to succeed to the estate of a person who died intestate. Dig. 50, 16, 24. The term is applied to lands.
     2. The property which is inherited is called an inheritance.
     3. The term inheritance includes not only lands and tenements which have been acquired by descent, but also every fee simple or fee tail, which a person has acquired by purchase, may be said to be an inheritance, because the purchaser's heirs may inherit it. Litt. s. 9.
     4. Estates of inheritance are divided into inheritance absolute, or fee simple; and inheritance limited, one species of which is called fee tail. They are also divided into corporeal, as houses and lands and incorporeal, commonly called incorporeal hereditaments. (q. v.) 1 Cruise, Dig. 68; Sw. 163; Poth. des Retraits, n. 2 8.
     5. Among the civilians, by inheritance is understood the succession to all the rights of the deceased. It is of two kinds, 1 . That which arises by testament, when the testator gives his succession to a particular person; and, 2. That which arises by operation of law, which is called succession ab intestat. Hein. Lec. El. Sec. 484, 485.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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While large families with autosomal dominant inheritance of diabetes in the young have been reported in other countries (7, 8, 14, 15), the existence of these families in Jamaica has not been previously documented.
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In 1946 Lasker apud Forlan (1962) had concluded that is was a genetic disease with an autossomal dominant inheritance, and in some cases, external interferences in the fetal period could cause this mutation that is transferred to the progeny.
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Alessio Di Fonzo, M.D., of the University of Milan, and his colleagues, also detected the mutation in 4 of 61 families (7%) with Parkinson's disease and apparent autosomal dominant inheritance. The families were from Italy, Portugal, and Brazil (Lancet 2005;365:412-5).
The specific mode of inheritance for Classical type EDS is autosomal dominant inheritance. This means that the mutant gene is located on an autosome rather than a sex chromosome, and males and females are equally affected when the mutant gene is present (Lashley, 1998).
Thus, a monogenic dominant inheritance of resistance to Zn deficiency in common bean was indicated.
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* an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern when inheritance can be traced.
If receiving an abnormal gene from just one parent is enough to produce a disease in the child, the disease is said to have dominant inheritance. If receiving abnormal genes from both parents is needed to produce disease in the child, the disease is said to be recessive.