[ dahy-ath-uh-sis ]
/ daɪˈæθ ə sɪs /
noun, plural di·ath·e·ses [dahy-ath-uh-seez] /daɪˈæθ əˌsiz/.
Pathology. a constitutional predisposition or tendency, as to a particular disease or other abnormal state of the body or mind.
Words nearby diathesis
Origin of diathesis
OTHER WORDS FROM diathesisdi·a·thet·ic [dahy-uh-thet-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for diathetic
The direct and collateral hereditary tendency appears to indicate a diathetic origin.The Treatment of Hay Fever|George Frederick Laidlaw
Scrofula is essentially and purely a diathetic, not a cachectic, disease.
British Dictionary definitions for diathetic
/ (daɪˈæθɪsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
a hereditary or acquired susceptibility of the body to one or more diseases
Derived forms of diathesisdiathetic (ˌdaɪəˈθɛtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for diathesis
C17: New Latin, from Greek: propensity, from diatithenai to dispose, from dia- + tithenai to place
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Medicine definitions for diathetic
[ dī-ăth′ĭ-sĭs ]
n. pl. di•ath•e•ses (-sēz′)
A hereditary predisposition of the body to a disease, a group of diseases, an allergy, or another disorder.
Other words from diathesisdi′a•thet′ic (dī′ə-thĕt′ĭk) adj.
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