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Borrowing from New Latin diathesis, from Ancient Greek διάθεσις (diáthesis, state, condition), from διατίθημι (diatíthēmi, to arrange).

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diathesis (plural diatheses)

  1. (medicine) A hereditary or constitutional predisposition to a disease or other disorder.
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 611:
      When a coal miner developed the eye disease nystagmus, was this to be diagnosed as due to work conditions or to an inherent constitutional diathesis?
  2. (grammar) Voice (active or passive).