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also ae·ti·ol·o·gy (ē′tē-ŏl′ə-jē)
n. pl. e·ti·ol·o·gies also ae·ti·ol·o·gies
a. The study of causes or origins.
b. The branch of medicine that deals with the causes or origins of disease.
a. Assignment of a cause, an origin, or a reason for something.
b. The cause or origin of a disease or disorder as determined by medical diagnosis.

[Late Latin aetiologia, from Greek aitiologiā : aitiā, cause + -logiā, -logy.]

e′ti·o·log′ic (-ə-lŏj′ĭk), e′ti·o·log′i·cal adj.
e′ti·o·log′i·cal·ly adv.
e′ti·ol′o·gist n.
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Noun1.etiologist - a specialist in the etiology of diseasesetiologist - a specialist in the etiology of diseases
diagnostician, pathologist - a doctor who specializes in medical diagnosis
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