etiology

etiology
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 science of causes or origins
3.
a) the science of the causes or origins of disease
b) the causes of a specific disease
etiologic [ē΄tēə läj′ik]
adj.
etiological
etiologically
adv.

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