Definition of Diathesis

1. Noun. Constitutional predisposition to a particular disease or abnormality.

Generic synonyms: Predisposition, Sensitivity

Definition of Diathesis

1. n. Bodily condition or constitution, esp. a morbid habit which predisposes to a particular disease, or class of diseases.

Definition of Diathesis

1. Noun. (medicine) A hereditary or constitutional predisposition to a disease or other disorder. ¹

2. Noun. (grammar) Voice (active or passive). ¹

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Definition of Diathesis

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Medical Definition of Diathesis

1. A constitution or condition of the body which makes the tissues react in special ways to certain extrinsic stimuli and thus tends to make the person more than usually susceptible to certain diseases. Origin: Gr. Diathesis = arrangement, disposition This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diathesis

diathermic therapy
diathermy machine
diathesis (current term)
diatomaceous earth
diatonic scale
diatonic scales

Literary usage of Diathesis

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"The Exudative diathesis.—CZERNY (Monats. f. Kinderheilk., 1908, vii, 1) finds that in all instances in which children suffer with the exudative diathesis, ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Such a disturbance of intermediary metabolism is known as an ammo-acid diathesis. Of these amino-acid diatheses, three great groups of cases have already ..."

3. The Practitioner's Handbook of Treatment: Or, The Principles of Therapeutics by John Milner Fothergill, William Murrell (1897)
"This is especially seen where the lymphatic diathesis is blended with the bilious. Persons of the lymphatic diathesis are often said to be good-natured, ..."

4. The Science and Art of Surgery: A Treatise on Surgical Injuries, Diseases by John Eric Erichsen, Marcus Beck (1885)
"In some families the males only have been affected, and the diathesis has been ... The diathesis occurs in persons without any other apparent derangement of ..."

5. A Practical Treatise on the Medical and Surgical Uses of Electricity by George Miller Beard, Alphonso David Rockwell (1871)
"BY the term nervous diathesis we design to express a constitutional tendency to diseases of the ... What the gouty and scrofulous diathesis is to the blood, ..."

6. Stimulants and Narcotics: Medically, Philosophically, and Morally Considered by George Miller Beard (1871)
"Those in whom this diathesis exists, exhibit a tendency to disease of the nervous ... This diathesis, like every other good or evil tendency of the ..."

7. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1865)
"[The cure of the oxalic acid diathesis is to be obtained by promoting oxidation in the body. Were it not for tlie oxalic acid combining with lime the oxalic ..."

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