n. in anthropology, refers to a system of inheritance or descent wherein both paternal and maternal sides are equally recognized. Therefore, there are emotional ties to both.

BILATERAL DESCENT: "Because of bilateral descent, it is possible for one member of a tribe to belong to two different clans."
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