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Variant of etiology.
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(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.
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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]
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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.
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the study of causes (usually of a disease).
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The cause or origin of a disease. Note: also spelt etiology. See diagnosis; epidemiology.
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Women with better status are less likely to report any symptom, including those having an infection aetiologically, mirrored in their higher false negative responses.
The likelihood of having an endogenous infection aetiologically increases by approximately four times for those using old cloth for menstrual protection, a relation that was also shown in bivariate analysis (Model 2).
Asthma (ICD code 493) is excluded because asthma and COPD are two different disease entities both aetiologically and epidemiologically [4].
We have already seen from the myth of the chariot race of Pelops that the ordeals of heroes on the level of myth correspond aetiologically to the contests of athletes on the level of ritual, in that the myths can motivate the rituals.
In Pakistan, Pal and Haroon have studied the features of erythroderma in 90 patients and aetiologically found preexisting dermatoses are the common cause of erythroderma.
While secondary prevention of cervical cancer through screening has dominated prevention efforts in the last century, primary prevention with vaccines against high-risk HPV (aetiologically associated with cervical cancer) is highly effective in preventing HPV-related disease.
HPV is found in 99.7% cervical cancer cases, (2) and is also aetiologically linked to a significant proportion of anal, vulvar, vaginal, penile and oropharyngeal cancers.
Fall and associates (2) have suggested that the uninhibited overactive bladder (which is the urodynamic abnormality underlying genuine urge incontinence with reduced bladder filling sensation) is an aetiologically distinct subclass of detrusor overactivity.
(1) They are composed of multiple malformations thought to be aetiologically and/or pathogenetically related.
Human papillomavirus is found in 99.7% of cervical cancer cases, and are also aetiologically linked to a significant proportion of anal, vulvar, vaginal, penile and oropharyngeal cancers.
The underlying cause, which is extremely relevant for public health, should be a distinct entity on the DNF and aetiologically specific.
Congenital anomalies are now aetiologically considered as the outcome of intricate interaction between host and environment.