Related formsae·ti·o·log·ic [ee-tee-uh-loj-ik] /ˌi ti əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, ae·ti·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveae·ti·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbae·ti·ol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of or relating to aetiology
  2. philosophy (of an explanation) in terms of causal precedents, as opposed, for instance, to the intentions of an agent
Derived Formsaetiologically or etiologically, adverb



noun plural -gies
  1. the philosophy or study of causation
  2. the study of the causes of diseases
  3. the cause of a disease
Derived Formsaetiologist or etiologist, noun

Word Origin for aetiology

C16: from Late Latin aetologia, from Greek aitiologia, from aitia cause
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