diathesis

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noun di·ath·e·sis \dī-ˈa-thə-səs\

Definition of diathesis

plural

diatheses

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

diathetic

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Origin and Etymology of diathesis

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


Medical Dictionary

diathesis

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noun di·ath·e·sis \dī-ˈath-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of diathesis

plural

diatheses

\-ˌsēz\play
  1. :  a constitutional predisposition toward a particular state or condition and especially one that is abnormal or diseased

diathetic

\ˌdī-ə-ˈthet-ik\play adjective

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