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Bodily configuration, especially of adults, sometimes called plethoric (stocky, broad-framed) or asthenic (thin-framed); intermediate types are called sthenic (broad-framed thin) and hyposthenic (thin-framed plump). In the early 20th century, habitus was believed to be associated with temperament and predisposition to certain diseases, but there is little or no good evidence to support generalizations along these lines.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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