[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. diathermal,
  2. diathermancy,
  3. diathermanous,
  4. diathermic,
  5. diathermy,
  6. diathetic,
  7. diatom,
  8. diatomaceous,
  9. diatomaceous earth,
  10. diatomic

Origin of diathesis

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for diathetic


/ (daɪˈæθɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

a hereditary or acquired susceptibility of the body to one or more diseases
Derived Formsdiathetic (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-ăthĭ-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.
Related formsdi′a•thetic (dī′ə-thĕtĭk) adj.

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