Definition of habitus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhabədəs/


chiefly Medicine & Psychology
General constitution, especially bodily build.
Example sentences
  • He doesn't have the body habitus for severe sleep apnea.
  • Research is needed to determine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of alternative means for detecting conditions not amenable to physical examination because of a patient's body habitus.
  • This border varies in position according to body habitus as well as disease.


Late 19th century: from Latin.

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Syllabification: hab·i·tus

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