An example of epidemiology is the branch of medicine that includes the group of professionals who tracked down the cause of AIDS.
- the branch of medicine that investigates the causes and control of epidemics
- all the elements contributing to the occurrence or nonoccurrence of a disease in a population; ecology of a disease
Origin of epidemiologyClassical Greek epid?mios (see epidemic) + -logy
Origin of epidemiologyMedieval Latin epid&emacron;mia, an epidemic; see epidemic + –logy.
- ep′i·de′mi·o·log′ic , ep′i·de′mi·o·log′i·cal
From Late Latin epidemia + οlogy, from Ancient Greek επιδημία (epidemia) + λόγος (logos), from επί (upon) and δήμος (people) (disease upon people and theory). See also epidemic.