diagnosis

noun
di·​ag·​no·​sis | \ ˌdī-ig-ˈnō-səs, -əg-\
plural diagnoses\ -​ˌsēz \

Definition of diagnosis

1a : the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms
b : the decision reached by diagnosis the doctor's diagnosis
2a : investigation or analysis of the cause or nature of a condition, situation, or problem diagnosis of engine trouble
b : a statement or conclusion from such an analysis
3 biology : a concise technical description of a taxon

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Examples of diagnosis in a Sentence

The unusual combination of symptoms made accurate diagnosis difficult. She is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. The diagnosis was a mild concussion. His doctor made an initial diagnosis of pneumonia. The committee published its diagnosis of the problems affecting urban schools.
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This week has provided some indications that software may be on the verge of living up to that promise, as two papers describe excellent preliminary results with using AI for both diagnosis and treatment decisions. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "AIs trained to help with sepsis treatment, fracture diagnosis," 27 Oct. 2018 Mental health professionals can miss significant risks without knowledge of addiction diagnosis and treatment. Melissa Stein, STAT, "Privacy laws are hurting the care of patients with addiction," 13 July 2018 The breach included names, dates of birth, diagnoses and conditions. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Children’s Mercy faces class action lawsuit over data breach affecting thousands," 10 July 2018 Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis and survival rates may have more to do with neighborhood than race, according to a new University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign analysis. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "'If I lived on the North Side': Neighborhood may matter more than race in breast cancer survival rates," 9 July 2018 Cultural factors, the prevalence of ADHD diagnoses and availability all influence which drugs are used for PCE and the rate of use, says Larissa Maier, a psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who led the study. Arran Frood, Scientific American, "Use of “Smart Drugs” on the Rise," 6 July 2018 Families also have access to some services through the public school system for diagnosis and some therapies there. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "The costs of autism strap many families," 3 July 2018 In a perfect world, Tiffany's mother Susan Baker says, Tiffany's participation in the study would have led the family to a diagnosis and a finite treatment plan. Houston Chronicle, "New Netflix movie explores disease studied by Houston doctor," 2 July 2018 ProPublica identified 24 court cases filed by Short Hills Associates from 2010 to 2014 over unpaid bills in which patients’ names, diagnoses and treatments were listed in documents. Charles Ornstein, New York Times, "New Jersey to Suspend Prominent Psychologist for Failing to Protect Patient Privacy," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of diagnosis

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for diagnosis

New Latin, from Greek diagnōsis, from diagignōskein to distinguish, from dia- + gignōskein to know — more at know

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diagnosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diagnosis

: the act of identifying a disease, illness, or problem by examining someone or something

: a statement or conclusion that describes the reason for a disease, illness, or problem

diagnosis

noun
di·​ag·​no·​sis | \ ˌdī-əg-ˈnō-səs \
plural diagnoses\ -​ˌsēz \

Kids Definition of diagnosis

1 : the act of recognizing a disease from its signs and symptoms She specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.
2 : the conclusion that is reached following examination and testing The diagnosis was pneumonia.

diagnosis

noun
di·​ag·​no·​sis | \ ˌdī-ig-ˈnō-səs, -əg- \
plural diagnoses\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of diagnosis

1a : the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms
b : the decision reached by diagnosis a diagnosis of pneumonia
2 : a concise technical description of a taxon

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