- 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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Scrofula is essentially and purely a diathetic, not a cachectic, disease.
The direct and collateral hereditary tendency appears to indicate a diathetic origin.The Treatment of Hay Fever
George Frederick Laidlaw
- 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
- A hereditary predisposition of the body to a disease, a group of diseases, an allergy, or another disorder.
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