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diagnostic

1diagnostic

adjective di·ag·nos·tic \-ˈnäs-tik\

: of, relating to, or used in diagnosis : used to help identify a disease, illness, or problem

Full Definition of DIAGNOSTIC

1
a :  of, relating to, or used in diagnosis <a diagnostic tool>
b :  using the methods of or yielding a diagnosis <diagnostic tests>
2
:  serving to distinguish or identify <a diagnostic feature>
di·ag·nos·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of DIAGNOSTIC

di·ag·nos·tic also di·ag·nos·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\

Examples of DIAGNOSTIC

  1. Ultrasound is now widely used as a diagnostic tool.
  2. One important diagnostic feature of this condition is a mild rash.

First Known Use of DIAGNOSTIC

1625

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

2diagnostic

noun

Definition of DIAGNOSTIC

1
:  the art or practice of diagnosis —often used in plural
2
:  a distinguishing mark
di·ag·nos·ti·cian \-(ˌ)näs-ˈti-shən\ noun

Examples of DIAGNOSTIC

  1. <the thesis that moral decline is the infallible diagnostic of a decadent society>

First Known Use of DIAGNOSTIC

1625

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

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