Definitions for Epidemiologyˌɛp ɪˌdi miˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˌdɛm i-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ep•i•de•mi•ol•o•gyˌɛp ɪˌdi miˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˌdɛm i-(n.)

  1. (n.)the branch of medicine dealing with the incidence and prevalence of disease in large populations and with detection of the source and cause of epidemics.

    Category: Medicine

  2. the factors contributing to the presence or absence of a disease.

    Category: Medicine

Origin of epidemiology:

1870–75

ep`i•de`mi•ol′o•gist(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. epidemiology(noun)

    the branch of medical science dealing with the transmission and control of disease

Wiktionary

  1. epidemiology(Noun)

    The branch of a science dealing with the spread and control of diseases, computer viruses, concepts etc. throughout populations or systems.

  2. epidemiology(Noun)

    The epidemiological body of knowledge about a particular thing.

  3. Origin: From epidemia + οlogy, from επιδημία + λόγος, from επί (upon) and δήμος (people) (disease upon people and theory). See also epidemic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epidemiology(noun)

    that branch of science which treats of epidemics

Freebase

  1. Epidemiology

    Epidemiology is the study of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. It is the cornerstone of public health, and informs policy decisions and evidence-based medicine by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive medicine. Epidemiologists help with study design, collection and statistical analysis of data, and interpretation and dissemination of results. Epidemiology has helped develop methodology used in clinical research, public health studies and, to a lesser extent, basic research in the biological sciences. Major areas of epidemiological study include disease etiology, outbreak investigation, disease surveillance and screening, biomonitoring, and comparisons of treatment effects such as in clinical trials. Epidemiologists rely on other scientific disciplines like biology to better understand disease processes, statistics to make efficient use of the data and draw appropriate conclusions, social sciences to better understand proximate and distal causes, and engineering for exposure assessment.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Epidemiology

    Field of medicine concerned with the determination of causes, incidence, and characteristic behavior of disease outbreaks affecting human populations. It includes the interrelationships of host, agent, and environment as related to the distribution and control of disease.

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