maternal inheritance

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Phenotypic differences controlled by cytoplasmic genetic factors (e.g., in mitochondria, chloroplasts, or viruses) derived solely from the maternal parent; also known as uniparental heredity, cytoplasmic inheritance, or extranuclear heredity. Contrast with paternal inheritance. See Chronology, 1923, Boycott and Diver.

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