What is cause?

  • (noun): Any entity that causes events to happen.
    Synonyms: causal agent, causal agency
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on cause:

Smallpox Survivors - Cause - Transmission
... Smallpox is highly contagious, but generally spreads more slowly and less widely than some other viral diseases, perhaps because transmission requires close contact and occurs after the onset of the rash ... The overall rate of infection is also affected by the short duration of the infectious stage ...
Periodic Fever, Aphthous Stomatitis, Pharyngitis And Adenitis - Cause
... with other periodic fever syndromes, but it is unknown whether the cause is primarily genetic or due to an initial infection ...

More definitions of "cause":

  • (noun): A comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy.
    Synonyms: lawsuit, suit, case, causa
  • (verb): Give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally.
    Example: "Cause a commotion"; "cause an accident"
    Synonyms: do, make
  • (noun): Events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something.
    Example: "They are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
  • (noun): A justification for something existing or happening.
    Example: "He had no cause to complain"
    Synonyms: reason, grounds
  • (noun): A series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end.
    Example: "They worked in the cause of world peace"
    Synonyms: campaign, crusade, drive, movement, effort