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prognosis

[ prog-noh-sis ]
/ prɒgˈnoʊ sɪs /
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noun, plural prog·no·ses [prog-noh-seez]. /prɒgˈnoʊ siz/.
Medicine/Medical. a forecasting of the probable course and outcome of a disease, especially of the chances of recovery.
a forecast or prognostication.
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Origin of prognosis

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prognosis

diagnosis, prognosis (see confusables note at diagnosis)
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British Dictionary definitions for prognosis

prognosis
/ (prɒɡˈnəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -noses (-ˈnəʊsiːz)
med
  1. a prediction of the course or outcome of a disease or disorder
  2. the chances of recovery from a disease
any forecast or prediction

Word Origin for prognosis

C17: via Latin from Greek: knowledge beforehand
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Medical definitions for prognosis

prognosis
[ prŏg-nōsĭs ]

n. pl. prog•no•ses (-sēz)
A prediction of the probable course and outcome of a disease.
The likelihood of recovery from a disease.

Other words from prognosis

prog′nos•tician (-nŏs-tĭshən) n.
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Cultural definitions for prognosis

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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