- the study of the causes of diseases.
- the cause or origin of a disease.
- the study of causation.
- any study of causes, causation, or causality, as in philosophy, biology, or physics.
Origin of etiology
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- a variant spelling of aetiology
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"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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- The science and study of the causes or origins of disease.
- The cause or origin of a disease or disorder as determined by medical diagnosis.
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- 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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