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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).


cause of 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 addition, individuals with these conditions and impairments may modify their driving behavior, and failing to account for this possibility may obscure etiologically relevant relationships.
A contingent consequence that is etiologically relevant to the addition of a behavior into an individual's repertoire may continue to participate in its maintenance; however, it is also possible that the response class may be trapped by other contingencies.
The analogy equates the straightforward Mendelian characteristic of race with the etiologically complex experience of same sex attraction.
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From the perspective of conceptual inquiry perhaps the most significant shortcoming of adopting an etiologically centered definition is that it imposed a LDs ontology that did not permit investigations into the nature of children's learning difficulties that strayed beyond the bounds of a narrow view of cognitive and neurobiological development (Speece, 1993).
In this context, as one of the essential "masking" or "concealing" strategies he employs in the Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche etiologically focuses on Hellenistic rationalistic optimism (idealized by the so-called Dionysian-destroying likes of Euripides and Socrates) in his attack on nineteenth century Euro-Germanic culture, when it is clear that the subtext and driving force behind this attack is Christianity.
The association of the two conditions is clinically and etiologically important.
Chung believes that the two are etiologically related and hypothesizes that some sort of genetically mediated autoimmune component underlies both conditions.
Research based on these theoretical frameworks suggests that neighborhoods are etiologically significant to child maltreatment (Coulton et al.
The best evidence that delinquency and related disruptive behaviors are etiologically linked to drug abuse is from studies that follow delinquent youth from childhood through adolescence.