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prognosis

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noun prog·no·sis \präg-ˈnō-səs\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prognosis

plural

prognoses

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  1. 1 :  the prospect of recovery as anticipated from the usual course of disease or peculiarities of the case

  2. 2 :  forecast, prognostication

Examples of prognosis in a sentence

  1. Right now, doctors say his prognosis is good.

  2. The president had a hopeful prognosis about the company's future.



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 Dictionary

prognosis

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noun prog·no·sis \präg-ˈnō-səs\

Medical Definition of prognosis

plural

prognoses

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  1. 1:  the act or art of foretelling the course of a disease

  2. 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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