epidemiology

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noun ep·i·de·mi·ol·o·gy \ˌe-pə-ˌdē-mē-ˈä-lə-jē, -ˌde-mē-\

Definition of epidemiology

  1. 1 :  a branch of medical science that deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in a population

  2. 2 :  the sum of the factors controlling the presence or absence of a disease or pathogen

epidemiological

play \ˌe-pə-ˌdē-mē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, -ˌde-mē-\ or less commonly

epidemiologic

play \ˌe-pə-ˌdē-mē-ə-ˈlä-jik, -ˌde-mē-\ adjective

epidemiologically

play \ˌe-pə-ˌdē-mē-ə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē, -ˌde-mē-\ adverb

epidemiologist

play \ˌe-pə-ˌdē-mē-ˈä-lə-jist, -ˌde-mē-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of epidemiology

Late Latin epidemia + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy


First Known Use: 1850


EPIDEMIOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

epidemiology

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noun

Definition of epidemiology for English Language Learners

  • medical : the study of how disease spreads and can be controlled


Medical Dictionary

epidemiology

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noun ep·i·de·mi·ol·o·gy \-jē\

Medical Definition of epidemiology

plural

epidemiologies

  1. 1:  a branch of medical science that deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in a population

  2. 2:  the sum of the factors controlling the presence or absence of a disease or pathogen

epidemiological

\-ˌdē-mē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl, -ˌdem-ē-\play play also

epidemiologic

\-ik\play adjective

epidemiologically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb


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