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[hab-i-tuh s] /ˈhæb ɪ təs/
noun, plural habitus.
the physical characteristics of a person, especially appearance and constitution as related to disease.
Origin of habitus
1885-90; < New Latin, Latin; see habit1 Unabridged
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  • The habitus of the Luxembourg only regretted that the conversation did not oftener turn upon love.

  • The friend who opened the door of the club to me presented me to several of its habitus.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • Vane, who had been one of the habitus of her father's house, admired her sweet devotion to the crotchety old man.

  • Four out of the six habitus of this meeting place were already seated.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • Physical strength seems more in demand among the habitus of that section than a graceful form or a pretty face.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • It was a great success with the habitus of Number Five study.

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
  • Leroy Beaulieu recently related the following incident of his encounter with one of the habitus of these political institutions.

    The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906 Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
  • "Yet some of our habitus have found their way later to your consulting-room," she reminded him.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • The professors followed with the habitus of the house, the literary men whom we met at the soiree.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • He was followed by half a dozen others who might have been habitus of the place.

    The Everlasting Arms Joseph Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for habitus


noun (pl) -tus
(med) general physical state, esp with regard to susceptibility to disease
tendency or inclination, esp of plant or animal growth; habit
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: state, habit
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habitus in Medicine

habitus hab·i·tus (hāb'ĭ-təs)
n. pl. habitus
The physical and constitutional characteristics of an individual, especially the tendency to develop a certain disease.

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