Definitions for etiologyˌi tiˈɒl ə dʒi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. etiology, aetiology(noun)

    the cause of a disease

  2. etiology, aetiology(noun)

    the philosophical study of causation

Webster Dictionary

  1. Etiology(noun)

    the science of causes. Same as /tiology

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. tiologie.]


  1. Etiology

    Etiology is the study of causation, or origination. The word is derived from the Greek αἰτιολογία, aitiologia, "giving a reason for". The word is most commonly used in medical and philosophical theories, where it is used to refer to the study of why things occur, or even the reasons behind the way that things act, and is used in philosophy, physics, psychology, government, geography, spatial analysis, medicine, theology, and biology in reference to the causes of various phenomena. An etiological myth is a myth intended to explain a name or create a mythic history for a place or family.

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