the study, assessment, and analysis of public health concerns in a given population; the tracking of patterns and effects of diseases, environmental toxins, natural disasters, violence, terrorist attacks, etc.: Without the profiles gleaned through epidemiology, our health agencies would be at a terrible loss when something like COVID-19 emerges.
- ep·i·de·mi·o·log·i·cal [ep-i-dee-mee-uh-loj-i-kuhl, -dem-ee-], /ˌɛp ɪˌdi mi əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, -ˌdɛm i-/, adjective
- ep·i·de·mi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
- ep·i·de·mi·ol·o·gist, noun
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How to use epidemiology in a sentence
It has often avoided detailed epidemiological studies that might show a wider range of harm.The Fukushima Generation: New Data on Birth Defects in Post-Meltdown Japan | Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky, Jake Adelstein | September 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Unlike the CDC report, that investigation took a true epidemiological approach.
Preparing epidemiological summaries of the disaster victims.
The sorry truth is that epidemiological studies rarely offer much good individual advice.
That is the most interesting epidemiological fact in the whole outbreak; and Defoe has done ample justice to it.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II) | Charles Creighton
The real difference is epidemiological, cholera nostras having no epidemic significance.
It is not only epidemiological science that tells us this, but also common sense—est modus in rebus.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2) | Charles Creighton
The rumour of London fevers seems to have reached Barker, who kept an epidemiological record at Coleshill.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2) | Charles Creighton
On epidemiological grounds the insects most open to suspicion are the lice, bed-bugs and fleas.Handbook of Medical Entomology | William Albert Riley
British Dictionary definitions for epidemiology
the branch of medical science concerned with the occurrence, transmission, and control of epidemic diseases
- epidemiological (ˌɛpɪˌdiːmɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
- epidemiologically, adverb
- epidemiologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for epidemiology
The scientific study of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations.
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