One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually with modifier A tendency to suffer from a particular medical condition.‘a bleeding diathesis’
- ‘A lifelong bleeding diathesis may suggest a congenital platelet dysfunction, but an onset in adulthood does not necessarily exclude a congenital problem.’
- ‘These include arteriovenous shunts, giving rise to congestive heart failure, bleeding diathesis due to platelet consumption, and massive hemoperitoneum resulting in rupture.’
- ‘Hpylori eradication treatment, if successful, will be effective in curing the ulcer diathesis regardless of whether a patient is seen at the initial presentation of the disease or at a recurrence.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In patients without a known allergic diathesis or infectious process, BCG without eosinophilia seems more enigmatic.’
2Linguisticsanother term for voice (sense 5 of the noun)
Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek, ‘disposition’, from diatithenai ‘arrange’. diathesis (sense 2) dates from the mid 20th century.
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