diagnose

verb
di·ag·nose | \ˈdī-ig-ˌnōs, -ˌnōz, ˌdī-ig-ˈ, -əg- \
diagnosed; diagnosing

Definition of diagnose 

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transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from diagnose

Verb

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

Examples of diagnose in a Sentence

Verb

The test is used to help in diagnosing heart disease. Thousands of new cases have been diagnosed in the past year. The doctor was unable to diagnose the skin condition. a new doctor with little experience diagnosing patients The mechanic was unable to diagnose the problem.
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Automotive writers are much like doctors who are asked to diagnose maladies at parties. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 On top of that, tests designed to diagnose depression are more effective at determining the mental health status of white people, meaning black people may go undiagnosed and untreated. Serena Sonoma, Teen Vogue, "Study Shows Police Shootings Are Hurting Black People's Mental Health," 11 July 2018 The nature of your friend’s drug and alcohol problem isn’t yours to diagnose or manage, fortunately. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "Advice: What to do when a friend shows up stoned to a family event," 10 July 2018 Thus employees lack a strong financial incentive to seek out cheaper options, such as using a telemedicine service to diagnose pinkeye or having a hip replaced at an ambulatory surgery center instead of a hospital. Joel Klein, WSJ, "The IRS Can Save American Health Care," 1 July 2018 Cruz does not appear to have been diagnosed with any severe or psychotic mental illness, though state records indicate he was treated for depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and emotional behavioral disability. Paula Mcmahon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland school shooter: Typical of today's mass killers," 30 June 2018 The reach of prostate cancer is extensive: nearly 165,000 men were estimated to be diagnosed with prostate cancer just this year. Renae Reints, Fortune, "New Treatment for Aggressive Prostate Cancer Shows 71% Lower Risk of Spread or Death," 28 June 2018 Because the specific causes of heel pain can be tricky to diagnose, doctors usually start out plantar fasciitis patients on a range of conservative treatments designed to manage the pain and induce healing. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Treat Plantar Fasciitis?," 27 June 2018 The Child Wellbeing Survey found African-American and children of other minorities were much likelier than white children to be diagnosed with asthma. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Survey: Cincinnati children dealing with asthma, ADHD more than at national level," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of diagnose

Verb

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for diagnose

Verb

back-formation from diagnosis

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diagnose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diagnose

: 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

verb
di·ag·nose | \ˈdī-əg-ˌnōs \
diagnosed; diagnosing

Kids Definition of diagnose

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

diagnose

verb
di·ag·nose | \ˈdī-ig-ˌnōs, -ˌnōz, ˌdī-ig-ˈ, -əg-\
diagnosed; diagnosing

Medical Definition of diagnose 

transitive verb

1 : to recognize (as a disease) by signs and symptoms

2 : to diagnose a disease or condition in diagnosed the patient

Other Words from diagnose

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

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