Examples of etiology in a Sentence
The scarf had been purchased in one of those tiny, exquisitely organized stores that can seduce you into thinking it matters less what you wear than how you accessorize what you wear, and the scarf came in just the noncolor colors that I like: mustard and khaki and taupe, shades of dun, nothing too vivid, yet subtly enlivening. I have traced the etiology of this object the better to convey the irrational significance of its loss. —Daphne Merkin, New York Times Magazine, 5 May 1991
I have Freud in my novel as a doctor someone has heard about somewhere, perhaps in Vindobo-na in Pannonia (Vienna in Austria to you), who thinks, though not in so many words, that neuroses have no somatic etiology. I call him Sameach, which is Hebrew for Freud. I also call him Efcharistimenos, which is Greek for Freud. Damn it, I couldn't spell it out more if I tried. —Anthony Burgess, Times Literary Supplement, 2 Aug. 1985
In social terms, regardless of its etiology, memory loss may be a way of coping with harsh reality. —Elizabeth W. Markson, Growing Old in America, (1985) 1987
Recent Examples of etiology from the Web
The psychological descriptions are often an attempt to create a narrative just to make sense of what’s happening when the etiology isn’t clearly understood.
Even in the hands of forensic pathologists, the exact etiology may never be known with certainty.
One way to clear up that uncertainty would be to identify the disease’s etiology—the underlying cause of the problem, assuming there’s just one.
Healthspanners want to understand the etiologies of cancer and heart disease and then block them.
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Origin and Etymology of etiology
Medieval Latin aetiologia statement of causes, from Greek aitiologia, from aitia cause
First Known Use: circa 1555See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of etiology
1: the cause or causes of a disease or abnormal condition some types of cancer have a viral etiology a multiple etiology in which biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors all play a role—M. E. Jackson et al
2: a branch of medical science dealing with the causes and origin of diseases
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