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Meaning of etiology

e•ti•ol•o•gy

Pronunciation: (ē"tē-ol'u-jē), [key]
— pl. -gies.
    1. the study of the causes of diseases.
    2. the cause or origin of a disease.
  1. the study of causation.
  2. any study of causes, causation, or causality, as in philosophy, biology, or physics.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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