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Variant of etiology.


(1) As commonly used in medical practice, cause.
(2) A branch of knowledge concerned with the causes of particular phenomena; specifically, a branch of medical science concerned with the causes and origins of diseases. This definition is rarely used in the working parlance.


1. The science and study of the causes of disease and their mode of operation.
Compare: pathogenesis
2. The science of causes, causality; in common usage, cause.
Synonym(s): aetiology.
[G. aitia, cause, + logos, treatise, discourse]


The cause of a disease. This may involve many factors, including susceptibility arising from a hereditary tendency or genetic cause, environmental factors, previous related illness, unwise or unhealthy lifestyle, exposure to infective agents, and so on. The term is derived from the Greek aitia , a cause and logos , a discourse. Compare PATHOGENESIS.




the study of causes (usually of a disease).


The cause or origin of a disease. Note: also spelt etiology. See diagnosis; epidemiology.


Patient discussion about aetiology

Q. how is depression caused by having cancer treated? I mean not only the patient, also the family members who tend to get depressed by the situation. how can you treat thi skind of depression?

A. thanks guys, you are great. Nice to have such a community here.

Q. What causes fibromyalgia? Is fibromyalgia a deadly disease?

A. The causes of fibromyalgia are not known. But there are many theories such as abnormalities in brain chemicals, infections, trauma, genetics and hormonal changes. Factors such as poor sleep, fatigue, overexertion and anxiety, may aggravate the symptoms. Fibromyalgia is not a progressive or life-threatening condition, but it affects quality of life. Fibromyalgia is only a disorder of muscles and not a disease.

Q. Is that true that mouth sores are caused by lack of vitamins? I’ve been having white mouth sores in the past 6 months or so. Could that mean I have to take vitamin supplements?

A. yup ... autoimmune reactions means your immune system is not working well
it's not working well because it lacks the nutrient and vitamins it needs to function properly
- take lots of vitamin c to boost your immune system
- organic multivitamins
- organic juices high in anti oxidants
- and most important .. omega 3-6-9

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In another case series involving five patients with lower eyelid retraction resulting from various aetiologies, similar positive findings were reported when injections of Restylane and Perlane were placed anterior to the orbital rim within the preperiosteal plane deep to orbicularis muscle.
In the present study, the mean number of aetiologies was 3, which was similar to that reported in the existing literature, (38-40) including a study from our centre.
The rates of positive syphilis and HIV serology among patients with different GUD aetiologies are shown in Table II.
Frequency distribution of aetiologies for CAP, and the number of aetiologies per patient Age group (%) 55-64 65-74 75+ (n = 54) (n = 46) (n = 45) P(a) Agent S.
Table II shows the variation in the aetiologies of acute pancreatitis in US, European and South African settings.
It is triggered by extremely diverse group of aetiologies and clinicians must understand the aetiologies of acute kidney injuiy to prevent occurrence and to start treatment early.
History, examination and investigations were carried out to find out various aetiologies of respiratory distress.
Haemoptysis occurs by similar mechanisms in benign and malignant aetiologies, that is, by local necrosis and inflammation of blood vessels.
Tumours are the most common aetiology in younger and inflammatory and infectious aetiologies are the most common ones in older patients with JS.
The most common aetiologies of an exudative pleural effusion in routine clinical practice are synpneumonic, tuberculosis and malignancy.