noun \präg-ˈnō-səs\

: 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

plural prog·no·ses\-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of PROGNOSIS

:  the prospect of recovery as anticipated from the usual course of disease or peculiarities of the case

Examples of PROGNOSIS

  1. Right now, doctors say his prognosis is good.
  2. The president had a hopeful prognosis about the company's future.


Late Latin, from Greek prognōsis, literally, foreknowledge, from progignōskein to know before, from pro- + gignōskein to know — more at know
First Known Use: 1655

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noun \präg-ˈnō-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural prog·no·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of PROGNOSIS

: the act or art of foretelling the course of a disease
: 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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