predisposition

[ pree-dis-puh-zish-uhn, pree-dis- ]
/ priˌdɪs pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˌpri dɪs- /

noun

the fact or condition of being predisposed: a predisposition to think optimistically.
Medicine/Medical. tendency to a condition or quality, usually based on the combined effects of genetic and environmental factors.

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Origin of predisposition

First recorded in 1615–25; pre- + disposition

OTHER WORDS FROM predisposition

pre·dis·po·si·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for predisposition

predisposition
/ (ˌpriːdɪspəˈzɪʃən) /

noun

the condition of being predisposed
med susceptibility to a specific diseaseSee diathesis
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Medical definitions for predisposition

predisposition
[ prē′dĭs-pə-zĭshən ]

n.

The state of being predisposed.
A condition of special susceptibility, as to a disease.
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