Glossary Term:

Title

etiology

Phonetic

<b>ee</b>-tee-<b>AHL</b>-uh-jee

Description

the cause of a disease. There are many possible causes of cancer. Research is showing that both genetics (genes passed on from your parents) and lifestyle (including exposures to carcinogens) are major factors in many cancers. See also carcinogen, gene.