An example of etiology is knowing that some of the causes of high blood pressure are smoking, lack of exercise, stress and a diet high in salt and fat.
- the assignment of a cause, or the cause assigned: the etiology of a folkway
- the science of the causes or origins of disease
- the causes of a specific disease
Origin of etiologyLate Latin aetiologia ; from Classical Greek aitiologia ; from aitia, cause (; from base of aisa, fate: see diet) + logia, description: see -logy
nounpl. e·ti·ol·o·gies also ae·ti·ol·o·gies
- a. The study of causes or origins.b. The branch of medicine that deals with the causes or origins of disease.
- a. Assignment of a cause, an origin, or a reason for something.b. The cause or origin of a disease or disorder as determined by medical diagnosis.
Origin of etiologyLate Latin aetiologia, from Greek aitiologi&amacron; : aiti&amacron;, cause + -logi&amacron;, -logy.
- e′ti·o·log′ic , e′ti·o·log′i·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural etiologies)
- Alternative spelling of aetiology.