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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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The Indian MDS patients may have different underlying aetiological factors as significant number of patients had novel chromosomal aberrations.
The questionnaire was developed on the example of similar surveys of aetiological background of MIH aimed at determining the variables related to development of enamel defects in FPM and permanent incisors [Jalevik.
9%) was recorded in cases that were M-PCR-TP positive but mixed with other aetiological agents (43.
As a result, the incidence of non-vesicular GUD among miners decreased significantly and similar declines in the relative prevalence of chancroid and syphilis have been documented in aetiological studies conducted in 1994 and subsequently using more sophisticated molecular techniques.
Thus the existing dietary supplies of thiocyanate in relation to iodine intake may be a possible aetiological factor for the persistence of endemic goitre in the studied region.
The aetiological importance of hepatitis B virus infection in hepatocellular carcinoma has been unequivocally demonstrated.
Except for the "control over household income" indicator, where women not having any control over household income had an infection rate 10 percentage points higher than those who had control, none of the indicators have significant relation with aetiological presence of infection.
However, knowing the possible aetiological factors are important to determine treatment and public health guidelines as well as the potential causes of MIH, which could explain the higher prevalence among children from rural area.
This coexistence may be of high frequency necessitating the need for epidemiological and histopathological investigations into the aetiological relationship between the two diseases (6).
The prognosis of such a patient depends on aetiological factors, the severity and duration of unconsciousness and any accompanying systemic symptoms.