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[ep-i-dee-mee-ol-uh-jee, -dem-ee-] /ˌɛp ɪˌdi miˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˌdɛm i-/
the branch of medicine dealing with the incidence and prevalence of disease in large populations and with detection of the source and cause of epidemics of infectious disease.
Origin of epidemiology
1870-75; epidemi(c) + -o- + -logy
Related forms
[ep-i-dee-mee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, -dem-ee-] /ˌɛp ɪˌdi mi əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, -ˌdɛm i-/ (Show IPA),
epidemiologically, adverb
epidemiologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for epidemiology
  • While I must stress that this is mere conjecture, such an explanation fits well with current theories of plague epidemiology.
  • He has made a special study of epidemiology and vital statistics.
  • She eventually hopes to earn a doctorate in epidemiology.
  • He is making a special study of the multiplication of viruses and the epidemiology of influenza.
  • The epidemiology data show actually that major depression is less common in older people than in others.
  • His research lies at the borders between economics, epidemiology and psychology.
  • She teaches epidemiology and health policy.
  • Molecular epidemiology is a new field of science that studies such risk factors and looks for ways to prevent them.
  • The epidemiology suggests a steady increase in prevalence over time, not sudden increases at times of changes to the schedule.
  • Before anyone understood anything of epidemiology, its language was applied to species of information.
British Dictionary definitions for epidemiology


the branch of medical science concerned with the occurrence, transmission, and control of epidemic diseases
Derived Forms
epidemiological (ˌɛpɪˌdiːmɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
epidemiologically, adverb
epidemiologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for epidemiology

"study of epidemics," 1873, from Greek epidemios "epidemic" (see epidemic) + -logy. Related: Epidemiological; epidemiologist.

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epidemiology in Medicine

epidemiology ep·i·de·mi·ol·o·gy (ěp'ĭ-dē'mē-ŏl'ə-jē, -děm'ē-)
The branch of medicine that deals with the study of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations.

ep'i·de'mi·ol'o·gist n.
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epidemiology in Science
The scientific study of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations.
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