noun (used with a singular verb) Medicine/Medical.
Origin of diagnostics
First recorded in 1660–70;
see origin at diagnostic
serving to identify or characterize; being a precise indication.
a symptom or characteristic of value in diagnosis.
Medicine/Medical. a device or substance used for the analysis or detection of diseases or other medical conditions.
- a message output by a computer diagnosing an error in a computer program, computer system, or component device.
- a program or subroutine that produces such messages.
Origin of diagnostic
1615–25;Related formsdi·ag·nos·ti·cal·ly, adverbpost·di·ag·nos·tic, adjectivepre·di·ag·nos·tic, adjective
< Greek diagnōstikós,
equivalent to diagnōst(ós
) distinguished (akin to diágnōsis;
) + -ikos -ic
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for diagnosticsmalady
Examples from the Web for diagnostics
Historical Examples of diagnostics
I wish he'd confine his diagnostics to the Mechanical Division where it belongs!
I booted it up and set my fingers on the keyboard, thinking that I would run some diagnostics and see what was what.
The cruel and unnecessary methods employed by those untrained for diagnostics, cannot be too vigorously condemned.
British Dictionary definitions for diagnostics
(functioning as singular) the art or practice of diagnosis, esp of diseases
of, relating to, or of value in diagnosis
Derived Formsdiagnostically, adverb
med any symptom that provides evidence for making a specific diagnosis
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Word Origin and History for diagnostics
1620s (adjective and noun), from Greek diagnostikos "able to distinguish," from diagnostos, verbal adjective from diagignoskein (see diagnosis). Related: Diagnostics.
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Of, relating to, or used in a diagnosis.
Serving to identify a particular disease; characteristic.
diagnostics The art or practice of medical diagnosis.
A symptom or a distinguishing feature serving as supporting evidence in a diagnosis.
An instrument or a technique used in medical diagnosis.
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