predisposing cause


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pre·dis·pos·ing cause

anything that produces a susceptibility or disposition to a condition without actually eliciting it.

pre·dis·pos·ing cause

(prēdis-pōzing kawz)
Anything that produces a disposition to a condition without actually eliciting it.
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By the end of the century, although no scientist had been able to trace a precise etiology, surgeons took it for granted that irritation from the foreskin was "a predisposing cause to epithelioma of the penis."(30)
It is tempting to speculate that our patient had suffered from occult focal colonic inflammatory disease that led to her abscess and subsequent rectovaginal fistula, for diverticulitis has been reported as a predisposing cause of ovarian abscess.[5] Yet our patient was relatively young to manifest colonic diverticular disease and had no suggestive clinical history.
Intrauterine contraceptive device could be the predisposing cause in four cases.(6) A few cases had other inflammatory pathologies.