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n. the study of the incidence and distribution of specific diseases and disorders. The epidemiologist also seeks to establish relationships to such factors as heredity, environment, nutrition, or age at onset. Results of epidemiological studies are intended to find clues and associations rather than necessarily to show causal relationships. See also incidence; prevalence; risk ratio. —epidemiologic or epidemiological adj.

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February 26th 2024

telephone scatologia

telephone scatologia

a paraphilia in which an individual obtains sexual pleasure by making obscene telephone calls. See scatophilia.