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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Definitions for etiology

  1. In Pathology the study of the causes of diseases.
  2. Any study of causes, causation, or causality, as in philosophy, biology, or physics.

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Citations for etiology
The etiology of desire is often a muddled search; we insert meaning into the accidental brush of a hand, or in the fleeting sidelong glance of our coveted. Micah Nathan, Gods of Aberdeen
For present purposes, this work is significant for one reason alone: it is typical of the interpretative battle that raged throughout the nineteenth century which sought to provide an etiology of evil. Joris-Karl Huysmans, The Damned
Origin of etiology
1545-1555
Etiology is from the Greek aitiología, determining the cause of something, equivalent to aití cause and logia study.