Definition of diathesis in English:


Syllabification: di·ath·e·sis
Pronunciation: /dīˈaTHəsis


  • 1 [usually with modifier] Medicine A tendency to suffer from a particular medical condition: a bleeding diathesis
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    • These include arteriovenous shunts, giving rise to congestive heart failure, bleeding diathesis due to platelet consumption, and massive hemoperitoneum resulting in rupture.
    • In patients without a known allergic diathesis or infectious process, BCG without eosinophilia seems more enigmatic.
    • The 14% clinical gain observed in this study may be attributable to the expected proportion of 5-15% of H pylori positive patients with a true ulcer diathesis.


mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek, 'disposition', from diatithenai 'arrange'. sense 2 dates from the mid 20th century.

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