Ca*tas"ta*sis (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. , fr. to set; down + to place.]

1. Rhet.

That part of a speech, usually the exordium, in which the orator sets forth the subject matter to be discussed.

2. Med.

The state, or condition of anything; constitution; habit of body.


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