epidemiology

[ ep-i-dee-mee-ol-uh-jee, -dem-ee- ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˌdi miˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˌdɛm i- /

noun

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.

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Origin of epidemiology

First recorded in 1870–75; epidemi(c) + -o- + -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM epidemiology

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-/, 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 epidemiology

epidemiology
/ (ˌɛpɪˌdiːmɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the branch of medical science concerned with the occurrence, transmission, and control of epidemic diseases

Derived forms of epidemiology

epidemiological (ˌɛpɪˌdiːmɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveepidemiologically, adverbepidemiologist, noun
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Medical definitions for epidemiology

epidemiology
[ ĕp′ĭ-dē′mē-ŏlə-jē, -dĕm′ē- ]

n.

The branch of medicine that deals with the study of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations.

Other words from epidemiology

ep′i•de′mi•olo•gist n.
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Scientific definitions for epidemiology

epidemiology
[ ĕp′ĭ-dē′mē-ŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations.
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