- Etiology is defined as the science of finding causes and origins.
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.
etiology definition by Webster's New World
- the assignment of a cause, or the cause assigned: the etiology of a folkway
- the science of causes or origins
- the science of the causes or origins of disease
- the causes of a specific disease
Origin: Late Latin aetiologia ; from Classical Greek aitiologia ; from aitia, cause (; from base of aisa, fate: see diet) plush logia, description: see -logy
etiology definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also ae·ti·ol·o·gynoun pl. 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: Late Latin aetiologia, from Greek aitiologiā : aitiā, cause + -logiā, -logy.
- eˌti·o·logˈic , eˌti·o·logˈi·cal adjective
- eˌti·o·logˈi·cal·ly adverb
- eˌti·olˈo·gist noun
etiology - Medical Definition
- The science and study of the causes or origins of disease.
- The cause or origin of a disease or disorder as determined by medical diagnosis.
etiology - Science Definition