prognosis

[ prog-noh-sis ]
/ prɒgˈnoʊ sɪs /

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.

Origin of prognosis

1645–55; < Late Latin < Greek prógnōsis foreknowledge. See pro-2, gnosis

Can be confused

diagnosis prognosis
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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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Medicine 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.

Related forms

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

prognosis

[ (prog-noh-sis) ]

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

Note

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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