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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Reduction in potency, as of a drug.
  • n. Reduction in the power to transmit hereditary characteristics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being subordinate in power; specifically, in biology, the subordination of the influence of one parent to that of the other in inheritance.

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