- 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
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.Curiosities of Civilization
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
- med general physical state, esp with regard to susceptibility to disease
- tendency or inclination, esp of plant or animal growth; habit
C19: from Latin: state, habit
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- The physical and constitutional characteristics of an individual, especially the tendency to develop a certain disease.
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