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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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Fear of pain may be etiologically important in cases of orofacial pain, given the role of emotion in the development and maintenance of orofacial pain problems [14].
Etiologically it is divided in to three types in which the most common form is dystrophic one1-4.
CL with or without CP is an epidemiologically and etiologically distinct entity from isolated CP.5 CL is associated with CP in 68% to 86% of cases.6 The numbers of standardized tools have been used by researchers to assess psychological functioning of CLP patients with age range 8 to 21 years.
HTLV-I is a human type C retrovirus which has been etiologically associated with Adult T-Cell Leukemia and with a demyelinating neurologic disorder termed Tropical Spastic Paraparesis, and/or HTLV-I Associated Myelopathy (TSP/HAM).
Sporadic cases of congenital defects are usually impossible to define etiologically but when the number of affected animals in an area or herd increases it becomes necessary and possible to attempt to determine the cause if all facilities are available.
Causes of malabsorption: Etiologically, malabsorption may be caused by three mechanisms.
Etiologically, idiopathic uveitis was most common cause (24 cases), followed by tuberculosis (8 cases), Fuchs' heterochromic iridocyclitis (3 cases) sarcoidosis (2 cases), leprosy (2 cases), scleronegative spondyloarthropathy (1 case) in that order.
Contributors from a wide range of medical specialties consider genetic aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders, which they define not by age or symptom, but etiologically as disorders arising from aberrant neural development.
The core question is whether BD-OCD patients have a severe form of BD or concurrently suffer from two clinically and etiologically separate conditions.
It is most frequently seen after vomiting and heaving etiologically and less frequently seen after stretching, giving birth, severe coughing, blunt trauma, epilepsy, asthma, and difficult swallowing (4).
The Proteus mirabilis is a morphologically versatile bacteria, commonly found in the environment, etiologically linked to human pyelonephritis, urolithiasis, prostatitis and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (1,20).
In the past, setting limits and placing stress on Bridget have been thought to be etiologically related to seizure onset.