[hab-i-tuh s]

noun, plural hab·i·tus.

the physical characteristics of a person, especially appearance and constitution as related to disease.

Origin of habitus

1885–90; < New Latin, Latin; see habit1
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Examples from the Web for habitus

Historical Examples of habitus

  • The friend who opened the door of the club to me presented me to several of its habitus.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2)

    Edmondo de Amicis

  • Four out of the six habitus of this meeting place were already seated.

    Priscilla's Spies

    George A. Birmingham

  • He makes acquaintance not only with the staff but with the habitus of the Garden.

  • The habitus of a hunt are seldom below the grade of well-to-do farmers.

    Whip and Spur

    George E. Waring

  • It was a great success with the habitus of Number Five study.

    Deering of Deal

    Latta Griswold

British Dictionary definitions for habitus


noun plural -tus

med general physical state, esp with regard to susceptibility to disease
tendency or inclination, esp of plant or animal growth; habit

Word Origin for habitus

C19: from Latin: state, habit
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Medicine definitions for habitus



n. pl. habitus

The physical and constitutional characteristics of an individual, especially the tendency to develop a certain disease.
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