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noun, plural ae·ti·ol·o·gies.
  1. etiology.
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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
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Examples from the Web for aetiological

Historical Examples

  • And from minds of a more reflective cast than the Roman, it received answer in the form of mythology, of aetiological myths.

    The Idea of God in Early Religions

    F. B. Jevons

  • On the other hand there are melancholias in which the exciting cause clearly plays an aetiological part.

  • They may also be aetiological in their nature and form an elaborate record of a custom.

British Dictionary definitions for aetiological



  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
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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
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Derived Formsaetiologist or etiologist, noun

Word Origin

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