aetiology
pathology pa*thol"o*gy (-j[y^]), n.; pl. {pathologies} (-j[i^]z). [Gr. pa`qos a suffering, disease + -logy: cf. F. pathologie.] 1. (Med.) The science which treats of diseases, their nature, causes, progress, symptoms, etc. [1913 Webster]

Note: Pathology is general or special, according as it treats of disease or morbid processes in general, or of particular diseases; it is also subdivided into internal and external, or medical and surgical pathology. Its departments are {nosology}, {[ae]tiology}, {morbid anatomy}, {symptomatology}, and {therapeutics}, which treat respectively of the classification, causation, organic changes, symptoms, and cure of diseases. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) The condition of an organ, tissue, or fluid produced by disease. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Celluar pathology}, a theory that gives prominence to the vital action of cells in the healthy and diseased function of the body. --Virchow. [1913 Webster]


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  • AEtiology — [AE] ti*ol o*gy, n. [L. aetologia, Gr. ?; ? cause + ? description: cf. F. [ e]tiologie.] 1. The science, doctrine, or demonstration of causes; esp., the investigation of the causes of any disease; the science of the origin and development of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aetiology — [ēt΄ē äl′ə jē] n. alt. sp. of ETIOLOGY …   English World dictionary

  • Aetiology — The study of the causes. For example, of a disorder. The word aetiology is mainly used in medicine, where it is the science that deals with the causes or origin of disease, the factors which produce or predispose toward a certain disease or… …   Medical dictionary

  • aetiology — UK [ˌiːtɪˈɒlədʒɪ] / US [ˌɪtɪˈɑlədʒɪ] noun Word forms aetiology : singular aetiology plural aetiologies medical 1) [countable/uncountable] the cause of a disease 2) [uncountable] the study of the causes of diseases …   English dictionary

  • aetiology — An aetiological story professes to explain causes. The Pentateuch, especially Genesis, is rich in stories designed to give explanations about the origin of natural phenomena and of customs in religious worship. How did the rainbow come into… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • aetiology — /itiˈɒlədʒi / (say eetee oluhjee) noun 1. the systematic study of the causes of anything, especially of diseases. 2. the body of knowledge relating to this study. 3. Medicine cause or origin: a disease of unknown aetiology. Also, etiology. {Latin …   Australian English dictionary

  • aetiology — chiefly British variant of etiology …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aetiology — see etiology …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • aetiology — aetiologic /ee tee euh loj ik/, aetiological adj. aetiologically, adv. aetiologist, n. /ee tee ol euh jee/, n., pl. aetiologies. etiology. * * * …   Universalium

  • aetiology — noun /iːtɪˈɒlədʒi/ a) The study of causes or origins. b) The known or speculated upon origin of a disease or class of diseases, of use in nosology, pathology, and prophylaxis …   Wiktionary

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