of or relating to the philosophical study of causation
- regarding the etiology of an ailment
- related to aetiology; assigning a reason.
(a.) related to aetiology; assigning a cause.
The study of epidemic and endemic diseases generally has brought to light an array of facts which very strongly suggest that an intimate association exists between the soil and the appearance and propagation of certain diseases; but although experiments and observations allow this view to be looked upon as well established, still the precise role played by the soil in an aetiological respect is by no means so well understood as to make it possible to separate the factors and dogmatize on their effects.