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enthetic, adj.

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Origin: A borrowing from Greek, combined with an English element. Etymons: Greek ἔνθετος  , -ic suffix.
Etymology: < ancient Greek ἔνθετος capable of being put in ( < ἐνθε-  , aorist stem of ἐντιθέναι   to put in ( < ἐν-  en- prefix2   + τιθέναι to place) + -τος, suffix forming verbal adjectives) + -ic suffix.
Compare Byzantine Greek ἔνθετικός fit for implanting.
Medicine. Now hist. and rare.

  Of a disease: transmitted by contact; contagious. Also: of or relating to such diseases.

1856   W. Farr Rep. Nomencl. & Statist. Classif. Dis. Statist. Returns in 16th Ann. Rep. Registrar-Gen. Births, Deaths, & Marriages Eng. App. 77   The Enthetic diseases..may be properly called contagious, as they are communicated by contract, puncture, or inocculation [sic]. (Types: syphilis, glanders.)
1867   Abyss. Exped. in Standard 23 Nov.   Most danger is to be apprehended from the outbreak of epidemics—of smallpox, cholera, and enthetic disease.
1888   M. Mackenzie Illness Frederick the Noble 226   The man..urged that the disease might be of an enthetic character.
1909   Brit. Med. Jrnl. 17 Apr. 980/2   Enthetic disease has undoubtedly been caught by direct contagion in this way.
2015   P. Willey & P. J. Collison in P. Willey & D. D. Scott Health Seventh Cavalry iii. 65   Most of the zymotic diseases encompassed what we consider infectious diseases today, especially those included in the first two subdivisions (miasmatic and enthetic orders).

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).