eti·​o·​log·​ic ˌē-tē-ə-ˈlä-jik How to pronounce etiologic (audio)
variants or etiological
: assigning or seeking to assign a cause
: of or relating to etiology
etiologically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Likewise, evidence for etiologic gender differences is mixed, and estimates might be biased due to assortative mating. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of etiologic was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Etiologic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


eti·​o·​log·​ic ˌēt-ē-ə-ˈläj-ik How to pronounce etiologic (audio)
variants or etiological or chiefly British aetiologic or aetiological
: of, relating to, or based on etiology
etiologic treatment of a disease seeks to remove or correct its cause
: causing or contributing to the cause of a disease or condition
smoking is an etiologic factor in the production of arteriosclerosisF. A. Faught
etiologically adverb
or chiefly British aetiologically
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