Definition: Epidemiology

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From Late Latin epidemia, from Ancient Greek ἐπιδήμιος (epidḗmios), from ἐπί (epí, “upon”) + δῆμος (dêmos, “people”) + -logy.


epidemiology (usually uncountable, plural epidemiologies)

  1. (sciences) The branch of science dealing with the spread and control of diseases, viruses, concepts, etc. throughout populations or systems.
  2. (sciences) The epidemiological body of knowledge about a particular thing.

Derived terms

  • ecoepidemiology
  • epidemiologic
  • epidemiological
  • epidemiologically
  • epidemiologist
  • geoepidemiology
  • immunoepidemiology
  • microepidemiology
  • neuroepidemiology
  • paleoepidemiology
  • pharmacoepidemiology
  • seroepidemiology

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