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Definition of the noun aetiology

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noun - plural: aetiologies

  1. the cause of a disease
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • alternative spelling: etiology
    • more generic word: cause = events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
  2. the philosophical study of causation
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • alternative spelling: etiology
    • more generic word: philosophy = the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics

Alternative definition of the noun aetiology


  1. The establishment of a cause, origin, or reason for something.
  2. The study of causes or causation.
  3. [medicine] The study or investigation of the causes of disease; a scientific explanation for the origin of a disease.


Aetiology is a blog written by Tara C. Smith, PhD, a faculty member at the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa researching epidemiology. The blog's subtitle is "Discussing causes, origins, evolution and implications of disease and other phenomena". Aetiology is one of the more than eighty blogs hosted by "Scienceblogs", created by Seed Media Group.

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Google previewAcute Illness Management (2011)

by Chris Mulryan

Aetiology is the cause ofa disease and there are many examples of different aetiologies, but what is common to...

Google previewThe Theatre of the Dream (1987)

by Salomon Resnik

Aetiology, from the Greek αίτιολογια, is made up of αìτìα (cause) and λoγoς speech, discourse). Aetiology is a rhetoric on the origin of things, a theme that in Greek thought is often confused with myths of origin. A phenomenological study of ...

Google previewDictionary of Rheumatology (2009)

by Jozef Rovenský, Juraj Payer

The aetiology is a mutation of the gene coding for the PTH/PTHrP receptor, which is then capable of self-activation without the presence of bound hormone. Joint A point of inter-connection of two or more bones that enables movement ...

Google previewOxford Textbook of Epilepsy and Epileptic Seizures (2012)

by Simon Shorvon, Renzo Guerrini, Mark Cook, Samden Lhatoo

Aidan Neligan Aetiology is an important determinant of prognosis in epilepsy yet is largely ignored in the International League Against Epilepsy classifications of seizures (1) and epileptic syndromes (2). This is of particular relevance when ...

Google previewOxford Handbook of Clinical Pathology (2012)

by James Carton

Aetiology refers to a disease's underlying cause. Diseases whose aetiology is unknown are described as idiopathic, cryptogenic, or essential. • Pathogenesis refers to the mechanism by which the aetiological agent ...

Google previewMosby's Pocketbook of Mental Health (2014)

by Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Patricia Barkway, Debra Nizette

Aetiology is a specific traumatic event. Major traumas can include natural disasters (e.g. bushfire, flood, earthquake), robbery, accidents such as train and plane crashes, sexual and physical assault, armed combat and torture.

Google previewThe Pathology of Deafness: an Introduction (1971)

by Mary Ingle Wright

The aetiology is a hypersensitivity. Giant-celled arteritis, in which eosinophils are rare, is a disease of the elderly and is usually painful, affecting the temporal arteries most commonly. It may cause blindness, and Cooke et al. (1946) report ...

Google previewBrain Diseases: New Insights for the Healthcare Professional: 2013 Edition (2013)


According to the news editors, the researchers concluded: “Idiopathic or cryptogenic aetiology is a clinical predictor of reversible drug-resistant epilepsy.” For more information on this research see: Is incident drugresistance 46 CHAPTER 5 ...

Google previewIssues in Neurological Surgery and Specialties: 2011 Edition (2012)

The common aetiology is a prolapsed lumbar disc. If the diagnosis is missed, it can have devastating consequences for the patient and a high financial cost to healthcare providers. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of ...

Google previewTissue Viability (2006)

by Sylvie Hampton, Fiona Collins

A disproportionately low quantity of published literature on pressure ulcer aetiology refers to seating as a major causative factor, despite pressure ulcer incidence being frequently attributed to this (Lowry 1989). Work undertaken by Dealey et al ...

Google previewGarner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (2011)

by Bryan A. Garner

Aetiology is the BrE spelling. ✳Aitiology is a variant spelling to be avoided. Etiology. See causation. et seq. When citing a statute, it is better to give the reader an end point as well as a beginning one. Otherwise, the reader is left to conjecture ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Indian Medicine (1985)

by Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao

Aetiology and Symptomatology of Vataja Chardi : Excessive exertion , intake of powerful drugs, grief, fear, fasting, emaciation due to other diseases, etc.

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2012)

by Lionel Fry, Fenella Wojnarowska, Parvin Shahrad

Aetiology. This disease is caused by infestation with Pediculis humanus capitis, the head louse. The egg or nit hatches in 8 days. Infestation is usually transmitted indirectly by using an infested comb, hat or brush.

Google previewBlack's Veterinary Dictionary (2015)

Aetiology,. Etiology (US) Aetiology is the cause of a disease, or the study of such causes. AFB. Abbreviation of AMERICAN FOULBROOD. (See also BEES.) Affenpinscher. Dogs,. Affenpinschers A small (toy) breed of terrier. It has a wiry coat ...

Google previewBlack's Student Veterinary Dictionary (2017)

Aetiology,. Etiology (US) Aetiology is the cause of a disease, or the study of such causes. AFB. Abbreviation of AMERICAN FOULBROOD. (See also BEES.) Affenpinscher. Dogs,. Affenpinschers A small (toy) breed of terrier. It has a wiry coat ...

Google previewDictionary of Forensic Psychology (2013)

by Graham Towl, David P. Farrington, David Crighton, Gareth Hughes

Psychiatric diagnosis, like its equivalent in physical medicine, implies that a particular mental disorder has a particular root cause (aetiology), a specifiable outcome (prognosis) and a unique form of treatment (treatment specificity). Common ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Modern Medicine (2010)

by Joseph Segen

without usual causes–eg, pregnancy, lactation or menopause aetiology Excessive exercise, body fat content < 15%, extreme obesity, emotional stress, busulfan, chlorambucil, cyclophosphamide, phenothiazines, oral and other ...

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