Definition of diagnose
1a : to recognize (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.>
: to identify a disease from its signs and symptoms : to make a diagnosis
diagnoseableplay \ˌdī-ig-ˈnō-sə-bəl, -əg-, -zə-\ adjective
Examples of diagnose in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of diagnose
back-formation from diagnosis
First Known Use: circa 1859
DIAGNOSE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of diagnose for Students
: to recognize (as a disease) by signs and symptoms <The test is used for diagnosing strep throat.>
Medical Definition of diagnose
transitive verb: 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
diagnoseable\ˌdī-ig-ˈnō-sə-bəl, -əg-, -zə-\play adjective
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