from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hereditary predisposition of the body to a disease, a group of diseases, an allergy, or another disorder.
- n. Grammar See voice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hereditary or constitutional predisposition to a disease or other disorder.
- n. Voice (active or passive).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Bodily condition or constitution, esp. a morbid habit which predisposes to a particular disease, or class of diseases.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, a predisposing condition or habit of body; constitutional predisposition: as, a strumous or scrofulous diathesis.
- n. A predisposing condition or state of mind; a mental tendency; hence, a predisposing condition or tendency in anything.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. constitutional predisposition to a particular disease or abnormality
Greek, disposition, condition, from diatithenai, diathe-, to dispose : dia-, dia- + tithenai, to place, set; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Modern Latin, from Ancient Greek διάθεσις ("state, condition"), from διατιθέναι ("to arrange"). (Wiktionary)