diagnose

[dahy-uh g-nohs, -nohz, dahy-uh g-nohs, -nohz]

verb (used with object), di·ag·nosed, di·ag·nos·ing.

to determine the identity of (a disease, illness, etc.) by a medical examination: The doctor diagnosed the illness as influenza.
to ascertain the cause or nature of (a disorder, malfunction, problem, etc.) from the symptoms: The mechanic diagnosed the trouble that caused the engine knock.
to classify or determine on the basis of scientific examination.

verb (used without object), di·ag·nosed, di·ag·nos·ing.

to make a diagnosis.

Nearby words

  1. diagenetic,
  2. diageotropic,
  3. diageotropism,
  4. diaghilev,
  5. diaghilev, sergei pavlovich,
  6. diagnoses,
  7. diagnosis,
  8. diagnosis by exclusion,
  9. diagnostic,
  10. diagnostic diphtheria toxin

Origin of diagnose

First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from diagnosis

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British Dictionary definitions for diagnose

diagnose

verb

to determine or distinguish by diagnosis
(tr) to examine (a person or thing), as for a disease
Derived Formsdiagnosable, adjective

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Word Origin and History for diagnose

diagnose

v.

1861, back-formation from diagnosis. Related: Diagnosed; diagnosing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for diagnose

diagnose

[dīəg-nōs′, -nōz′]

v.

To distinguish or identify a disease by diagnosis.
To identify a person as having a particular disease or condition by diagnosis.

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