etiology
noun (plural -gies) Etymology: Medieval Latin aetiologia statement of causes, from Greek aitiologia, from aitia cause Date: circa 1555 1. cause, origin; specifically the cause of a disease or abnormal condition 2. a branch of knowledge concerned with causes; specifically a branch of medical science concerned with the causes and origins of diseases

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  • Etiology — (alternatively aetiology, aitiology) is the study of causation. The word is derived from the Greek gr. αἰτιολογία, aitiologia , giving a reason for ( gr. αἰτία, aitia , cause ; and gr. λογία, logia ). [cite book | title = Aetiology | work =… …   Wikipedia

  • etiology — [ēt΄ē äl′ə jē] n. pl. etiologies [LL aetiologia < Gr aitiologia < aitia, cause (< base of aisa, fate: see DIET1) + logia, description: see LOGY] 1. the assignment of a cause, or the cause assigned [the etiology of a folkway] 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Etiology — E ti*ol o*gy, n. [Cf. F. [ e]tiologie.] The science of causes. Same as ?{tiology}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • etiology — science of causes or causation, 1550s, from L.L. aetiologia, from Gk. aitiologia statement of cause, from aitia cause + logia a speaking (see LOGY (Cf. logy)). Related: Etiologic; etiological …   Etymology dictionary

  • Etiology — The study of the causes. For example, of a disorder. The word etiology 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

  • etiology — [[t]i͟ːtiɒ̱ləʤi[/t]] etiologies also aetiology N VAR: oft the N of n The etiology of a disease or a problem is the study of its causes. ...the etiology of psychiatric disorder …   English dictionary

  • etiology — etiologist, n. /ee tee ol euh jee/, n., pl. etiologies. 1. Pathol. a. the study of the causes of diseases. b. the cause or origin of a disease. 2. the study of causation. 3. any study of causes, causation, or causality, as in philosophy, biology …   Universalium

  • etiology — Synonyms and related words: accounting for, answerability, antecedents, application, arrogation, ascription, assignation, assignment, attachment, attribution, base, basis, blame, call, causation, cause, cause and effect, charge, connection with,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • etiology — et|i|ol|o|gy [ˌi:tiˈɔlədʒi, US ˈa:lə ] n [U and C] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: aetiologia, from Greek aitia cause ] technical the cause of a disease or the scientific study of this >etiological [ˌi:tiəˈlɔdʒıkəl US ˈla: ] adj… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • etiology — e|ti|ol|o|gy [ ,iti alədʒi ] noun MEDICAL 1. ) count or uncount the cause of a disease 2. ) uncount the study of the causes of diseases …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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