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  • adj. Alternative spelling of etiological.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to ætiology; assigning a cause.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to ætiology; connected with or dependent upon the doctrine of efficient or physical causes, as distinguished from teleological or final causes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to the etiology of a disease
  • adj. of or relating to the philosophical study of causation


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  • Because it does not influence the substrata of the diseased manifestations, the cells and organs, but only the cause of the disease, I call it aetiological therapy, which comes to approximately the same thing as the therapeutic endeavours which are referred to in other quarters as causal, radical, abortive, etc.

    Emil von Behring - Nobel Lecture

  • It is generally accepted by chiros that back pain is multi factorial and can arise from a multitude of aetiological factors just like the medics.

    Simon's Choice

  • The CMF has a guidance section on its website called Demon Possession and Mental Illness which asks if doctors should 'see demonic influence as being a neglected aetiological factor within a multifactorial model for the aetiology of mental disorder?'

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Incidentally, demon possession 'may also be an aetiological factor in some non-psychiatric conditions' - although there is no mention of which ones.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • According to Israëls, writes Rycroft, Schreber's father "was not as famous and influential as both Schatzman and Freud had assumed, was not such a paragon as Freud had assumed or as vicious as Schatzman had painted him, and neither Freud's nor Schatzman's aetiological theories stand up to critical scrutiny."

    Another Soul Murder

  • But far from this story being a historical account, it is simply "an aetiological cult-legend… intended to shed light on the (at least) annual visit of the Jerusalem church to the tomb in order to honor the risen [exalted] One" (p. 336).

    Quo Vadis, Wojtyla?

  • I now come to the problem of examining the measures currently in use to see to what extent they take account of the aetiological factors, as I have just described them.

    Robert Koch - Nobel Lecture

  • It is aetiological therapy in contrast to the symptomatic therapy just described.

    Emil von Behring - Nobel Lecture

  • Just as the myth was provided with an aetiological expla - nation when it had ceased at length to be self-explanatory, so the image came to be interpreted allegorically when it had lost its self-evident character ....


  • Augustine held that all readings of Scripture, however structured, should express charity, yet he too could speak of a hierarchy of levels, for instance, historical, aetiological, analogical, and allegorical (De utilitate credendi, 3.5).

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

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