GC: n

S: NCBI – (last access: 4 December 2014); MEDLP – (last access: 25 October 2016).

N: 1. From Late Latin: aetiologia, and from Greek: aitiologia.
Used since 1550s as the “science of causes or causation”.
2. The branch of medicine that deals with the causes or origins of disease.
3. The etiologic classification of disease is based on the cause, when known. This classification is particularly important and useful in the consideration of biotic disease. On this basis disease might be classified as staphylococcal or rickettsial or fungal, to cite only a few instances. It is important to know, for example, what kinds of disease staphylococci produce in human beings.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 4 December 2014). 2. TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 29 November 2019). 3. EncBrit – (last access: 4 December 2014).

SYN: aetiology

S: GDT – (last access: 4 December 2014); TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 29 November 2019).

CR: cryoglobulinemia, disease, glaucoma, quadrantanopia, sarcoidosis.