Medical Dictionary


noun hab·it \ˈhab-ət\

Medical Definition of HABIT

:  bodily appearance or makeup especially as indicative of one's capacities and condition <a man of fleshy habit>
:  a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior
a :  a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiological exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance <the daily bowel habit> b :  an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary <locked the door through force of habit> c :  addiction <was forced to steal to support his drug habit>
:  characteristic mode of growth or occurrence
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