Etiology is defined as the science of finding causes and origins.(noun)
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.
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noun pl. etiologies
Origin: LL aetiologia < Gr aitiologia < aitia, cause (< base of aisa, fate: see diet) + logia, description: see -logy
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also ae·ti·ol·o·gynoun pl. e·ti·ol·o·gies also ae·ti·ol·o·gies
Origin: Late Latin aetiologia
Origin: , from Greek aitiologiā
Origin: : aitiā, cause
Origin: + -logiā, -logy.
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