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habitus

[hab-i-tuh s] /ˈhæb ɪ təs/
noun, plural habitus.
1.
the physical characteristics of a person, especially appearance and constitution as related to disease.
Origin of habitus
1885-1890
1885-90; < New Latin, Latin; see habit1
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Examples from the Web for habitus
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • Four out of the six habitus of this meeting place were already seated.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • He makes acquaintance not only with the staff but with the habitus of the Garden.

  • The habitus of a hunt are seldom below the grade of well-to-do farmers.

    Whip and Spur George E. Waring
  • It was a great success with the habitus of Number Five study.

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
  • "Yet some of our habitus have found their way later to your consulting-room," she reminded him.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • He was followed by half a dozen others who might have been habitus of the place.

    The Everlasting Arms

    Joseph Hocking
  • This person was on bowing terms with many of the habitus of the Inn.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • His entrance now, however, did not serve to startle any of the habitus.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • The habitus of the place comprehended that nothing of that sort was allowed.

British Dictionary definitions for habitus

habitus

/ˈhæbɪtəs/
noun (pl) -tus
1.
(med) general physical state, esp with regard to susceptibility to disease
2.
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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