[dahy-uh g-noh-sis]

noun, plural di·ag·no·ses [dahy-uh g-noh-seez] /ˌdaɪ əgˈnoʊ siz/.

  1. the process of determining by examination the nature and circumstances of a diseased condition.
  2. 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

1675–85; < New Latin < Greek diágnōsis a distinguishing. See dia-, -gnosis
Related formspre·di·ag·no·sis, noun, plural pre·di·ag·no·ses.
Can be confuseddiagnosis prognosis
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  • How much better the diagnosis of Madame Dacier, who is quoted by Lessing!

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • He liked to have all the symptoms before he made a diagnosis or ventured an opinion.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He seemed always to be making a diagnosis of the souls of men.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Bill grunted his disagreement with the diagnosis, and lapsed into silence.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • In later conversations he told me the diagnosis of the disease had been correct.

British Dictionary definitions for diagnosis


noun plural -ses (-siːz)

  1. the identification of diseases by the examination of symptoms and signs and by other investigations
  2. an opinion or conclusion so reached
  1. thorough analysis of facts or problems in order to gain understanding and aid future planning
  2. an opinion or conclusion reached through such analysis
a detailed description of an organism, esp a plant, for the purpose of classification

Word Origin for diagnosis

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 diagnosis

1680s, medical Latin application of Greek diagnosis "a discerning, distinguishing," from stem of diagignoskein "discern, distinguish," literally "to know thoroughly," from dia- "apart" (see dia-) + gignoskein "to learn" (see gnostic).

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Medicine definitions for diagnosis



n. pl. di•ag•no•ses (-sēz)

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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Science definitions for diagnosis



Plural diagnoses (dī′əg-nōsēz)

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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