It means that vibriosis is most frequently caused by Listonella anguillarum
, or in the pantheon of causes of vibriosis, Listonella anguillarum
is the most important, or that the most severe (and thus important) cases of vibriosis are caused by Listonella anguillarum
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- The branch of medicine that deals with the causes or origins of disease.
- of or relating to the philosophical study of causation
- relating to the etiology of a disease; "etiological agent"
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- One empowered to act for or represent another: an author's agent; an insurance agent.
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You could as easily say "Listonella anguillarum
is the most important cause of vibriosis."
it is the "most important" is undefined in the sentence -- "most important", as I said above, could be due to the frequency with which Listonella anguillarum
is found to be the cause of vibriosis compared to other causes, or the severity of the vibriosis caused by Listonella anguillarum
as opposed to the severity of the disease when caused by other agents.