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Atavism, the appearance in an individual of some peculiarity which was present in a more or less remote ancestor, but which has "skipped" at least one generation. Atavism is of not uncommon occurrence in disease. Thus a child may suffer from asthma, while neither of its parents was ever similarly afflicted, but the disease was present in one of the grandparents.