[ ee-tee-ol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌi tiˈɒl ə dʒi /
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noun, plural ae·ti·ol·o·gies.



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ae·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

Words nearby aetiology

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Example sentences from the Web for aetiology

  • So Aenesidemus teaches eight Tropes, by which he thinks that he can prove all the dogmatic aetiology useless.

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for aetiology



/ (ˌiːtɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

the philosophy or study of causation
the study of the causes of diseases
the cause of a disease

Derived forms of aetiology

aetiologist or etiologist, noun

Word Origin for aetiology

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