Simple Definition of prognosis
: a doctor's opinion about how someone will recover from an illness or injury
: a judgment about what is going to happen in the future
Examples of prognosis in a sentence
Right now, doctors say his prognosis is good.
The president had a hopeful prognosis about the company's future.
Did You Know?
With its prefix pro-, meaning "before", prognosis means basically "knowledge beforehand" of how a situation is likely to turn out. Prognosis was originally a strictly medical term, but it soon broadened to include predictions made by experts of all kinds. Thus, for example, economists are constantly offering prognoses (notice the irregular plural form) about where the economy is going, and climate scientists regularly prognosticate about how quickly the earth's atmosphere is warming.
Origin and Etymology of prognosis
Late Latin, from Greek prognōsis, literally, foreknowledge, from progignōskein to know before, from pro- + gignōskein to know — more at know
First Known Use: 1655
Medical Definition of prognosis
1: the act or art of foretelling the course of a disease
2: the prospect of survival and recovery from a disease as anticipated from the usual course of that disease or indicated by special features of the case <the prognosis is poor because of the accompanying cardiovascular disease—P. A. Mead et al>
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