the cause of a disease
the philosophical study of causation
the science of causes. Same as /tiology
Origin: [Cf. F. tiologie.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ē-ti-ol′o-ji, n. Same as Ætiology.
The numerical value of etiology in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of etiology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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