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Variant of etiology.
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(ˌiːtɪˈɒlədʒɪ) or


n, pl -gies
1. the philosophy or study of causation
2. (Medicine) the study of the causes of diseases
3. (Medicine) the cause of a disease
[C16: from Late Latin aetologia, from Greek aitiologia, from aitia cause]
ˌaetiˈologist, ˌetiˈologist n
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etiology, aetiology

1. the branch of medical science that studies the causes of diseases and the factors underlying their spread.
2. the accumulated knowledge of disease causes. — etiologist, n. — etiologic, etiological, adj.
See also: Disease and Illness
etiology. — aetiological, adj.
See also: Origins
the science of causation. — etiologic, aetiologic, etiological, aetiological, adj.
See also: Philosophy
the science of the causes of natural phenomena. — etiologic, aetiologic, etiological, aetiological, adj.
See also: Nature
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aetiology - the cause of a diseaseaetiology - the cause of a disease    
cause - events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
2.aetiology - the philosophical study of causation
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
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, (US) etiology
n (Med, fig) → Ätiologie f
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