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prognostic

[prog-nos-tik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to prognosis.
  2. predictive of something in the future: prognostic signs and symbols.
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noun
  1. a forecast or prediction.
  2. an omen or portent; sign.
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Origin of prognostic

1375–1425; (adj.) late Middle English pronostik < Medieval Latin prognōsticus < Greek prognōstikós of foreknowledge, equivalent to pro(gi)gnṓs(kein) to know1 beforehand + -tikos -tic (see pro-2, gnostic); (noun) < Latin prognōsticon < Greek prognōstikón, neuter of prognōstikós
Related formsprog·nos·ti·ca·ble, adjectiveprog·nos·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for prognostic

Historical Examples

  • "She will recover," he murmured, as though giving utterance to a prognostic.

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    Emile Zola

  • The prognostic importance of the enumeration of the white blood corpuscles.

  • Wat Wilder has observed it at the same time, and confirms the prognostic.

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    Captain Mayne Reid

  • It was Ellison who suggested that they were prognostic of death.

  • For that it was a prognostic of some fearful calamity, no one thought of doubting.

    Robin Tremayne

    Emily Sarah Holt


British Dictionary definitions for prognostic

prognostic

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or serving as a prognosis
  2. foretelling or predicting
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noun
  1. med any symptom or sign used in making a prognosis
  2. a sign or forecast of some future occurrence
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French pronostique, from Latin prognōsticum, from Greek prognōstikon, from progignōskein to know in advance
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Word Origin and History for prognostic

adj.

c.1600, from Medieval Latin prognosticus, from Greek prognostikos "foreknowing," from progignoskein (see prognosis). Related: Prognostical (1580s).

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prognostic in Medicine

prognostic

(prŏg-nŏstĭk)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or useful in prognosis.
  2. Of or relating to prediction; predictive.
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n.
  1. A sign or symptom indicating the future course of a disease.
  2. A sign of a future happening; a portent.
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