- Pathology. a constitutional predisposition or tendency, as to a particular disease or other abnormal state of the body or mind.
Origin of diathesis
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Clancy was an American with an Irish diathesis and cosmopolitan proclivities.Cabbages and Kings
If this diathesis be undoubtedly present, the operation should be avoided.
The same conditions also appear in the diathesis of the “bleeders.”Degeneracy
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It is probably connected with a diathesis—the arthritic—which may be inherited or acquired.
Milk can convey no disease or diathesis except on account of its deficiency in nutritive properties.
- 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
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- A hereditary predisposition of the body to a disease, a group of diseases, an allergy, or another disorder.
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