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The attribute paternal ( latin paternus "paternal, the Father") describes the genetics , the inheritance on the father side lineage , for example, the paternal expression of a gene or the paternal origin of the state form of a gene ( allele ). The maternal attribute describes the biological origin from the mother's side.

In contrast to this, patrilinear in the social sciences denotes the limitation of a person's family origin to their paternal side: “(only) in the line of the father” (paternal line).

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Individual evidence

  1. Lexicon of Biology: Paternal Heredity . In: . 1999, accessed November 1, 2018.