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glossary:etiology [2007/08/08 05:42]
Debbie Aldridge Page moved from etiology to glossary:etiology
glossary:etiology [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +====== Etiology: ======
 + The cause or causes of a disease. For example, of a disorder. ​
 +The word "​etiology"​ is mainly used in medicine, where it is the science that deals with the causes or origin of disease, the factors which produce or predispose toward a certain disease or disorder. ​
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 +Today in medicine one hears (or reads) that "the etiology is unknown."​ Translation -- we don't know the cause. ​
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 +Aetiology is the preferred spelling in some countries, including the UK, whereas "​etiology"​ without an "​a"​ has taken over in the US. The word comes from the Greek "​aitia",​ cause + "​logos",​ discourse.
  
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