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aetiology

[ee-tee-ol-uh-jee]
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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

etiology

or ae·ti·ol·o·gy

[ee-tee-ol-uh-jee]
noun, plural e·ti·ol·o·gies.
  1. Pathology.
    1. the study of the causes of diseases.
    2. the cause or origin of a disease.
  2. the study of causation.
  3. any study of causes, causation, or causality, as in philosophy, biology, or physics.
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Origin of etiology

1545–55; < Latin aetiologia < Greek aitiología determining the cause of something, equivalent to aití(a) cause + -o- -o- + -logia -logy
Related formse·ti·ol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for aetiology

Historical Examples

  • The study of aetiology of disease is in fact only a particular case of that of aetiology in general.

    Disease in Plants

    H. Marshall Ward

  • The aetiology of the disease is not yet known, and there are very many theories offered to explain it.

  • Therefore it is perhaps possible to put the temerity of the Dogmatics to shame in aetiology by these Tropes.


British Dictionary definitions for aetiology

aetiology

etiology

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

etiology

noun plural -gies
  1. a variant spelling of aetiology
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Derived Formsetiological (ˌiːtɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveetiologically, adverbetiologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for aetiology

etiology

n.

"science of causes or causation," 1550s, from Late Latin aetiologia, from Greek aitiologia "statement of cause," from aitia "cause" + -logia "a speaking" (see -logy). Related: Etiologic; etiological.

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aetiology in Medicine

etiology

n.
  1. The science and study of the causes or origins of disease.
  2. The cause or origin of a disease or disorder as determined by medical diagnosis.
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aetiology in Science

etiology

[ē′tē-ŏlə-jē]
  1. The cause or origin of a disease, condition, or constellation of symptoms or signs, as determined by medical diagnosis or research.
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