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


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.

Origin of predisposition

First recorded in 1615–25; pre- + disposition

Related forms

pre·dis·po·si·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for predisposition


/ (ˌpriːdɪspəˈzɪʃən) /


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


[ prē′dĭs-pə-zĭshən ]


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