diagnose

verb
di·​ag·​nose | \ ˈdī-ig-ˌnōs How to pronounce diagnose (audio) , -ˌnōz, ˌdī-ig-ˈnōs How to pronounce diagnose (audio) , -ˈnōz, -əg-\
diagnosed; diagnosing

Definition of diagnose

transitive verb

1a : to recognize (something, such as a disease) by signs and symptoms The other method of diagnosing gallstones is through an ultrasound examination, which has the advantages of being simple, safe and quick.— G. Timothy Johnson Pulmonary embolus was diagnosed in two of the actively treated patients …— Richard D. Sautter et al.
b : to recognize a disease or condition in The physicist and cosmologist was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease when he was a 21-year-old student at Cambridge University.— Maria Cheng
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

diagnosable or diagnoseable \ ˌdī-​ig-​ˈnō-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce diagnoseable (audio) , -​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.
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Recent Examples on the Web People who have been diagnosed with celiac disease have to completely avoid gluten, found in wheat, rye and barley, as well as variations of wheat including spelt, emmer (farro), einkorn and Kamut. Carrie Dennett, Washington Post, "Beyond bread and beans: Getting enough fiber when you have a food intolerance," 4 Nov. 2019 Lonnie said that Skoczen devoted her life to taking care of the children, especially her daughter Sandy, who was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease at a young age. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Lifelong Independence resident recalls 101 years of living," 4 Nov. 2019 Tolland has rallied around its head coach Scott Cady, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma back in the spring. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "High school football: Southington is back, Rockville is the real deal, Sheehan vs. Cheshire is a must-watch game and other takeaways from Week 8," 3 Nov. 2019 Kapp, 81, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, will promote his book Nov. 17 at AME at Rosedale and on Nov. 18 at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Bobby Bell says Gophers football is getting it right," 2 Nov. 2019 Last year’s patient-family video premiere told the story of Moises Alvarez, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2015 during his junior year of high school and underwent over six surgeries to remove 100+ tumors. Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, "Philanthropists give $1.8 million for Miracles for Kids’ mission," 1 Nov. 2019 Boone coach Andy Johnson, who was diagnosed with classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March, addressed Edgewater’s team after the game. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Edgewater football retains Spirit Barrel; Boone coach Andy Johnson addresses Eagles," 29 Oct. 2019 Among them is Gillian Charlton, 40, from Blackburn who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Meets Competitors Who Will Represent Team UK in the 2020 Invictus Games," 29 Oct. 2019 In a statement released by ICE, the deputy medical director for the ICE Health Service Corps said hospitals generally don't begin HIV therapy on a patient who's been diagnosed with significant medical issues. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "Lawyers say video of a transgender immigrant who died in ICE custody may have been deleted," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of diagnose

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for diagnose

back-formation from diagnosis

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14 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for diagnose

The first known use of diagnose was circa 1859

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diagnose

verb
How to pronounce diagnose (audio) How to pronounce diagnose (audio)

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 How to pronounce diagnose (audio) \
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 How to pronounce diagnose (audio) , -ˌnōz How to pronounce diagnose (audio) , 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-​ How to pronounce diagnoseable (audio) \ adjective

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