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natural history study

Definition of Natural History Study

(noun) A study, typically longitudinal investigating the course of a condition or disease.

Example of Natural History Study

Natural History Study Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈnætʃər(ə)l ˈhɪst(ə)ri ˈstədi/
      • /ˈnætʃr(ə)l ˈhɪst(ə)ri ˈstədi/
    • British English
      • /ˈnatʃ(ə)rəl ˈhɪst(ə)ri ˈstʌdi/
      • /ˈnatʃ(ə)rl̩ ˈhɪst(ə)ri ˈstʌdi/
  • Syllabification: (nat·u·ral his·to·ry stud·y)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: natural history studies
  • Natural history studies are used in epidemiology.

Related Quotation

  • “If, instead of seeing suicides only as isolated, individual events that need to be examined separately, one considers all suicides committed in a particular society during a specific time period as a whole, it is evident that the total thus obtained is not simply a sum of independent units, a collective total, but constitutes in itself a new fact sui generis, which has its own unity and individuality, and therefore, its own pre-eminently social nature” (Durkheim [1897] 2004:68).

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Durkheim, Émile. [1897] 2004. “Suicide.” Pp. 65–83 in Readings from Emile Durkheim. Rev. ed., edited and translated by K. Thompson. New York: Routledge.

Cite the Definition of Natural History Study

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “natural history study.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 18, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/natural-history-study/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

natural history study. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/natural-history-study/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “natural history study.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/natural-history-study/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“natural history study.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 18 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/natural-history-study/>.