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epidemiology

[ep-i-dee-mee-ol-uh-jee, -dem-ee-]
noun
  1. the branch of medicine dealing with the incidence and prevalence of disease in large populations and with detection of the source and cause of epidemics of infectious disease.
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Origin of epidemiology

First recorded in 1870–75; epidemi(c) + -o- + -logy
Related formsep·i·de·mi·o·log·i·cal [ep-i-dee-mee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, -dem-ee-] /ˌɛp ɪˌdi mi əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, -ˌdɛm i-/, adjectiveep·i·de·mi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbep·i·de·mi·ol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for epidemiological

epidemiology

noun
  1. the branch of medical science concerned with the occurrence, transmission, and control of epidemic diseases
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Derived Formsepidemiological (ˌɛpɪˌdiːmɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveepidemiologically, adverbepidemiologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for epidemiological

epidemiology

n.

"study of epidemics," 1873, from Greek epidemios "epidemic" (see epidemic) + -logy. Related: Epidemiological; epidemiologist.

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epidemiological in Medicine

epidemiology

(ĕp′ĭ-dē′mē-ŏlə-jē, -dĕm′ē-)
n.
  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the study of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations.
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Related formsep′i•de′mi•olo•gist n.
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epidemiological in Science

epidemiology

[ĕp′ĭ-dē′mē-ŏlə-jē]
  1. The scientific study of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations.
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