predisposition

[pree-dis-puh-zish-uh n, pree-dis-]
noun
  1. the fact or condition of being predisposed: a predisposition to think optimistically.
  2. 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 formspre·dis·po·si·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for predispositional

predisposition

noun
  1. the condition of being predisposed
  2. med susceptibility to a specific diseaseSee diathesis
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Word Origin and History for predispositional

predisposition

n.

1620s, from pre- + disposition.

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predispositional in Medicine

predisposition

[prē′dĭs-pə-zĭshən]
n.
  1. The state of being predisposed.
  2. A condition of special susceptibility, as to a disease.
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