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noun,plural prog·no·ses [prog-noh-seez]. /prɒgˈnoʊ siz/.
  1. Medicine/Medical. a forecasting of the probable course and outcome of a disease, especially of the chances of recovery.

  2. a forecast or prognostication.

Origin of prognosis

First recorded in 1645–55; from Late Latin, from Greek prógnōsis “foreknowledge” opposed to pro-2, gnosis

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British Dictionary definitions for prognosis


/ (prɒɡˈnəʊsɪs) /

nounplural -noses (-ˈnəʊsiːz)
  1. med

    • a prediction of the course or outcome of a disease or disorder

    • the chances of recovery from a disease

  2. any forecast or prediction

Origin of prognosis

C17: via Latin from Greek: knowledge beforehand

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Cultural definitions for prognosis


[ (prog-noh-sis) ]

A medical prediction of the future course of a disease and the chance for recovery.

Notes for prognosis

Prognosis is often used as a general term for predicting the unfolding of events: “The governor said that the prognosis for the state's financial future is bleak.”

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