from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of etiology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The establishment of a cause, origin, or reason for something.
- n. The study of causes or causation.
- n. The study or investigation of the causes of disease; a scientific explanation for the origin of a disease.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science, doctrine, or demonstration of causes; esp., the investigation of the causes of any disease; the science of the origin and development of things.
- n. The assignment of a cause.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inquiry into or a theory of the physical causes of any class of phenomena.
- n. Specifically, in medicine, an inquiry into or account of the origin or causes of disease, or of a particular kind or case of disease. Sometimes written aitiology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the philosophical study of causation
- n. the cause of a disease
From Latin aetiologia, from Ancient Greek αἰτιολογία (aitiologia), from αἰτία ("cause"). (Wiktionary)