predisposition

[pree-dis-puh-zish-uh n, pree-dis-]

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.

Nearby words

  1. predictory,
  2. predigest,
  3. predikant,
  4. predilection,
  5. predispose,
  6. predistortion,
  7. prednisolone,
  8. prednisone,
  9. predoctoral,
  10. predominance

Origin of predisposition

First recorded in 1615–25; pre- + disposition

Related formspre·dis·po·si·tion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for predisposition

predisposition

noun

the condition of being predisposed
med susceptibility to a specific diseaseSee diathesis
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Word Origin and History for predisposition

predisposition

n.

1620s, from pre- + disposition.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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