[dahy-uh g-nohs, -nohz, dahy-uh g-nohs, -nohz]
- 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.
- to make a diagnosis.
Origin of diagnose
First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from diagnosis
- the process of determining by examination the nature and circumstances of a diseased condition.
- the decision reached from such an examination. Abbreviation: Dx
- Biology. scientific determination; a description that classifies a group or taxon precisely.
- a determining or analysis of the cause or nature of a problem or situation.
- an answer or solution to a problematic situation.
Origin of diagnosis
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Related Wordsinterpretation, investigation, examination, analysis, conclusion, opinion, summary, pronouncement, scrutiny
Examples from the Web for diagnoses
“Their wounds were not inconsistent with it, so we pursued the diagnoses,” LeVecchio recently old The Daily Beast.Behind the Krokodil Panic
November 7, 2013
The 200 or so diagnoses in the DSM, on the other hand, explain little and predict less.Who’s Safe With a Gun? Don’t Ask a Shrink
May 12, 2013
They support about 7,700 sick children and their families, from the time of their diagnoses.Kate's Rapidly Expanding Belly Takes Center Stage On Kid's Hospice Visit
April 29, 2013
Some of the diagnoses are real and important; others are figments, really.
So how does the DSM miss the boat when it comes to diagnoses?
The only things I do on outcalls are diagnoses, vaccinations, and emergencies.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
If the first and second and third were wrong in their diagnoses, why not the fourth?The Carter Girls
I will give two or three of Phinuit's diagnoses as examples.
She diagnoses her cases like a physician, and she wastes no time on incurables.What eight million women want
Rheta Childe Dorr
His diagnoses were confirmed by Bernadotte, and more than confirmed in after years.The Tragedy of St. Helena
- to determine or distinguish by diagnosis
- (tr) to examine (a person or thing), as for a disease
- the identification of diseases by the examination of symptoms and signs and by other investigations
- an opinion or conclusion so reached
- thorough analysis of facts or problems in order to gain understanding and aid future planning
- an opinion or conclusion reached through such analysis
- a detailed description of an organism, esp a plant, for the purpose of classification
C17: New Latin, from Greek: a distinguishing, from diagignōskein to distinguish, from gignōskein to perceive, know
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Word Origin and History for diagnoses
plural of diagnosis.
1861, back-formation from diagnosis. Related: Diagnosed; diagnosing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To distinguish or identify a disease by diagnosis.
- To identify a person as having a particular disease or condition by diagnosis.
- The act or process of identifying or determining the nature and cause of a disease or injury through evaluation of patient history, examination, and review of laboratory data.
- The opinion derived from such an evaluation.
- A brief description of the distinguishing characteristics of an organism, as for taxonomic classification.
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- The identification by a medical provider of a condition, disease, or injury made by evaluating the symptoms and signs presented by a patient.
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