diathesis

noun

di·​ath·​e·​sis dī-ˈa-thə-səs How to pronounce diathesis (audio)
plural diatheses dī-ˈa-thə-ˌsēz How to pronounce diathesis (audio)
: a constitutional predisposition toward a particular state or condition and especially one that is abnormal or diseased
diathetic adjective

Examples of diathesis in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek, literally, arrangement, from diatithenai to arrange, from dia- + tithenai to set — more at do

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diathesis was in 1651

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“Diathesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diathesis. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

diathesis

noun
di·​ath·​e·​sis dī-ˈath-ə-səs How to pronounce diathesis (audio)
plural diatheses -ˌsēz How to pronounce diathesis (audio)
: a constitutional predisposition toward a particular state or condition and especially one that is abnormal or diseased
diathetic adjective
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