Definition of epidemiology
1 : a branch of medical science that deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in a population
2 : the sum of the factors controlling the presence or absence of a disease or pathogen
epidemiologicallyplay \ˌe-pə-ˌdē-mē-ə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē, -ˌde-mē-\ adverb
epidemiologistplay \ˌe-pə-ˌdē-mē-ˈä-lə-jist, -ˌde-mē-\ noun
Recent Examples of epidemiology from the Web
Tim Spector is professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London.
Durland Fish is professor emeritus of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health.
Adimora is professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
The guidance should be useful to doctors in advising patients, said Miller, who is also a professor of cardiovascular medicine, epidemiology and public health in Maryland's School of Medicine.
The abstainers may be one subject that needs further development, according to Eric Rimm, a professor of medicine and director for the program in cardiovascular epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Matt Zahn, Orange County’s medical director for epidemiology, said Orange County has had 17 mumps cases so far this year.
Elena Andresen, who's 64 and holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology, will oversee the education policies of the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and public health.
Dr. Poeran, 34, is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan.
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Origin and Etymology of epidemiology
Late Latin epidemia + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy
First Known Use: 1850See Words from the same year
EPIDEMIOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of epidemiology for English Language Learners
medical : the study of how disease spreads and can be controlled
Medical Definition of epidemiology
1: a branch of medical science that deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in a population
2: the sum of the factors controlling the presence or absence of a disease or pathogen
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