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) \

Definition of diathesis

: a constitutional predisposition toward a particular state or condition and especially one that is abnormal or diseased

Other Words from diathesis

diathetic \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈthe-​tik How to pronounce diathesis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of diathesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So psychologists have come up with a hypothesis called diathesis stress model which sort of explains why certain vulnerabilities emerge. Fox News, 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of diathesis

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diathesis

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

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“Diathesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diathesis. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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diathesis

noun
di·​ath·​e·​sis | \ dī-ˈath-ə-səs How to pronounce diathesis (audio) \
plural diatheses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce diathesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of diathesis

: a constitutional predisposition toward a particular state or condition and especially one that is abnormal or diseased

Other Words from diathesis

diathetic \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈthet-​ik How to pronounce diathesis (audio) \ adjective

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