diathesis

diathesis

[dahy-ath-uh-sis]
noun, plural diatheses [dahy-ath-uh-seez] .
Pathology. a constitutional predisposition or tendency, as to a particular disease or affection.

Origin:
1645–55; < Neo-Latin < Greek diáthesis arrangement, disposition. See dia-, thesis

diathetic [dahy-uh-thet-ik] , adjective
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diathesis (daɪˈæθɪsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
a hereditary or acquired susceptibility of the body to one or more diseases
 
[C17: New Latin, from Greek: propensity, from diatithenai to dispose, from dia- + tithenai to place]
 
diathetic
 
adj

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diathesis di·ath·e·sis (dī-āth'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. di·ath·e·ses (-sēz')
A hereditary predisposition of the body to a disease, a group of diseases, an allergy, or another disorder.


di'a·thet'ic (dī'ə-thět'ĭk) adj.
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