habitus

noun

hab·​i·​tus ˈha-bə-təs How to pronounce habitus (audio)
plural habitus ˈha-bə-təs How to pronounce habitus (audio)
-ˌtüs
: habit
specifically : body build and constitution especially as related to predisposition to disease

Examples of habitus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the heritage details of the skull anatomy around the ear and jaw joint show that these two hunting mammals evolved their similar habitus independently from different ancestors. Robert Baker, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2019 The study finds that the heterosexual women and the non-heterosexual men show the greatest commitment to the habitus and the heterosexual men the least. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 17 Mar. 2015 By promoting a habitus of keeping our distance, the virus may complete the triumph of solo living. Frank Trentmann, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2020 There is an acceptance of your own body habitus as well as that of others. New York Times, 6 Oct. 2017 To achieve equity in educational outcomes, school leaders must understand habitus and how to cultivate mindsets for learning. miamiherald, 29 June 2017

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of habitus was in 1886

Dictionary Entries Near habitus

Cite this Entry

“Habitus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitus. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

habitus

noun
hab·​i·​tus ˈhab-ət-əs How to pronounce habitus (audio)
plural habitus -ət-əs How to pronounce habitus (audio) -ə-ˌtüs How to pronounce habitus (audio)
: habit
specifically : body build and constitution especially as related to predisposition to disease
an ulcer habitus

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