[ dahy-ath-uh-sis ]

noun,plural di·ath·e·ses [dahy-ath-uh-seez]. /daɪˈæθ əˌsiz/.
  1. Pathology. a constitutional predisposition or tendency, as to a particular disease or other abnormal state of the body or mind.

Origin of diathesis

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

Other words from diathesis

  • di·a·thet·ic [dahy-uh-thet-ik], /ˌdaɪ əˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby diathesis

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How to use diathesis in a sentence

  • An increase is also noted in the uric-acid diathesis and in diseases accompanied by respiratory insufficiency.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • This lymphatic diathesis undoubtedly has considerable to do with the sudden deaths which occur in these patients.

  • After reading de Mussy's argument for the dependence of hay fever on a gouty diathesis, I turned first to the English books.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • Call the old tubercular diathesis a sensitization and you have made it the most modern of modern discoveries.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • With these holiday and lady terms, are we not trying to describe what our ancestors knew as diathesis?

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw

British Dictionary definitions for diathesis


/ (daɪˈæθɪsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. a hereditary or acquired susceptibility of the body to one or more diseases

Origin of diathesis

C17: New Latin, from Greek: propensity, from diatithenai to dispose, from dia- + tithenai to place

Derived forms of diathesis

  • diathetic (ˌdaɪəˈθɛtɪk), adjective

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