I'm looking for a phrase expressing somebody has a higher probability to catch a disease - either in a given time of year or due to his genetic predisposition.

My translator spit out that this type of person would be "more susceptible to diseases". Could I say it like that? What is the most natural way for an English speaker to say it?

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  • You could look up synonyms for "prone". A typical phrase is "prone to disease". But "susceptible" seems okay too. – CowperKettle Jan 10 '16 at 17:16
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    What makes you think that "more susceptible to disease[s]" might not be the "best" way to say it? – FumbleFingers Jan 10 '16 at 17:26
  • @FumbleFingers All examples I got from the internet were specified to some concrete disease or meant something completely different. But the anwer I think made it clear for me. – Probably Jan 10 '16 at 19:04
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    Probably: Even after taking note of your comment and the fact that you "accepted" @Peter's answer, I have no idea exactly what aspect of English you're asking about here (or more importantly, how the answer enhanced your understanding). – FumbleFingers Jan 10 '16 at 22:03
  • @FumbleFingers I wanted to know a phrase used to say "a person has a higher probability of acquiring a disease" and that's what I got with Peter's answer. – Probably May 14 '17 at 6:19

There are several ways of saying a person has a higher probability of acquiring a disease than the general population

prone to
vulnerable to
predisposed to
susceptible to
at risk of
inclined to

The higher probability may be the result of lifestyle or genetics.

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