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predisposition

[pree-dis-puh-zish-uh n, pree-dis-] /priˌdɪs pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˌpri dɪs-/
noun
1.
the fact or condition of being predisposed:
a predisposition to think optimistically.
2.
Medicine/Medical. tendency to a condition or quality, usually based on the combined effects of genetic and environmental factors.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; pre- + disposition
Related forms
predispositional, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for predispositional

predisposition

/ˌpriːdɪspəˈzɪʃən/
noun
1.
the condition of being predisposed
2.
(med) susceptibility to a specific disease See diathesis
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Word Origin and History for predispositional

predisposition

n.

1620s, from pre- + disposition.

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predispositional in Medicine

predisposition pre·dis·po·si·tion (prē'dĭs-pə-zĭsh'ən)
n.

  1. The state of being predisposed.

  2. A condition of special susceptibility, as to a disease.

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