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predispose (someone or something) to (something)

1. To make someone or something more inclined to some action in advance. Often used in passive constructions. Harvard's reputation for its law program predisposed him to go there after high school. I know Ruth is predisposed to do whatever her father suggests due to her overwhelming sense of loyalty to him.
2. To make someone or something more susceptible or liable to something. Often used in passive constructions. It's your mother's father who predisposes you to baldness, not your own father. My genetics predispose me to heart disease, so I take every precaution I can to avoid it. The economy was already predisposed to collapse due to the sudden removal of many regulations that kept it in balance.
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predispose someone or something to(ward) something

to make someone or something susceptible to something. Your comments will not predispose me toward a favorable treatment of your case. Do you think that this weather will predispose me to catching a cold?
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The following data were collected: biographic data, history of diseases, auto- and hetero-history data, especially those referring to the possible predisposing factors; objective neurological and somatic findings; cytologic, biochemical and bacterial CSF findings; laboratory findings, i.e.
Comparison of Clinical Characteristics between the Groups of Patients with (+) or without (-) Predisposing Factors.
The predisposing factors (total 7 factors) were age, education, occupation, income, parity, and knowledge and attitude about ANC.
Most of the patients in our study had more than one predisposing factor.
The topics of this year's retreat offered potential new research directions by demonstrating some of the challenges in identifying predisposing factors in complex diseases.
The prognosis of RCM appears to depend primarily on two factors: early diagnosis and resolution of the predisposing condition.
No genetic or environmental predisposing factors are acknowledged in these cases.
These alterations of her hormonal status might have been a predisposing factor for her infection; it has been suggested that such alterations play a role in isolated sphenoid sinus aspergillosis, which is predominantly seen in elderly women.
In humans, increasing age is considered a significant predisposing factor for more severe clinical disease in WNV infection (13).
Traits predisposing an infant to have a slow metabolism or a tendency to put on fat during childhood and adult life might be turned on in the nutrient-deprived womb, researchers speculate.
Nearly half of such patients are in diabetic ketoacidosis.[4] The hyperglycemia, acidosis, and vasculopathy associated with diabetes may have predisposing effects on the onset and course of the disease.[9,10]
Miller and colleagues, in a recent review of 32 cases, highlighted the role of neutropenia, intestinal mucosal injury, and exposure to [beta]-lactam antibiotics predisposing to C.
The recent NIEHS-led trans-NIH solicitation ES-02-009, "Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities," is the first specific initiative that seeks to stimulate the use of animal models in investigating the contributions of social environmental factors to the activation of molecular pathways predisposing or leading to disease development.
Among women with mutations predisposing them to breast cancer, however, those who develop the disease before they turn 40 are slightly more likely than the others to have had children, according to a new study.