- 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.
- 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 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 aitiologiā : aitiā, cause + -logiā, -logy.
- e′ti·o·log′ic , e′ti·o·log′i·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural etiologies)
- Alternative spelling of aetiology.