diagnose

verb di·ag·nose \ ˈdī-ig-ˌnōs , -ˌnōz , ˌdī-ig-ˈ , -əg- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of diagnose

diagnosed; diagnosing
transitive verb
1 a :to recognize (something, such as a disease) by signs and symptoms
  • The disease is most commonly diagnosed in middle-aged men.
b :to diagnose a disease or condition in
  • diagnosed the patient
2 :to analyze the cause or nature of
  • The mechanic diagnosed the problem with the engine.
intransitive verb
:to identify a disease from its signs and symptoms :to make a diagnosis

diagnosable

or diagnoseable play \ˌdī-ig-ˈnō-sə-bəl, -əg-, -zə-\ adjective

Examples of diagnose in a Sentence

  1. The test is used to help in diagnosing heart disease.

  2. Thousands of new cases have been diagnosed in the past year.

  3. The doctor was unable to diagnose the skin condition.

  4. a new doctor with little experience diagnosing patients

  5. The mechanic was unable to diagnose the problem.

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Origin and Etymology of diagnose

back-formation from diagnosis


DIAGNOSE Defined for English Language Learners

diagnose

verb

Definition of diagnose for English Language Learners

  • : to recognize (a disease, illness, etc.) by examining someone

  • : to recognize a disease, illness, etc., in (someone)

  • : to find the cause of (a problem)


DIAGNOSE Defined for Kids

diagnose

verb di·ag·nose \ ˈdī-əg-ˌnōs \

Definition of diagnose for Students

diagnosed; diagnosing
:to recognize (as a disease) by signs and symptoms
  • The test is used for diagnosing strep throat.

Medical Dictionary

diagnose

verb di·ag·nose \ ˈdī-ig-ˌnōs , -ˌnōz , ˌdī-ig-ˈ , -əg- \

medical Definition of diagnose

diagnosed; diagnosing
transitive verb
1 :to recognize (as a disease) by signs and symptoms
2 :to diagnose a disease or condition in
  • diagnosed the patient
intransitive verb
:to make a diagnosis

diagnosable

also diagnoseable play \ˌdī-ig-ˈnō-sə-bəl, -əg-, -zə-\ adjective


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