diagnosis

noun
di·​ag·​no·​sis | \ ˌdī-ig-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce diagnosis (audio) , -əg-\
plural diagnoses\ ˌdī-​ig-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce diagnoses (audio) , -​əg-​ \

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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The poor delivery of Naito's diagnosis reflects common practice in a country where Back estimates that more than 200,000 doctors and other providers could benefit from communication training. Jonel Aleccia, CNN, "For many doctors breaking bad news, 'death' is a four-letter word," 11 June 2019 Rates of diagnosis for depression are rising, and those with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic physical health conditions. Jared Weber, USA TODAY, "San Francisco proposes nation’s first universal mental health care system," 4 June 2019 The organization notes that, while ASD can be diagnosed as early as age 2, the average age of diagnosis in the United States is between 4 and 5. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "10 Things Parents of Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder Wish You Knew," 1 Apr. 2019 One common mode of diagnosis here includes swabbing the eye or gathering samples of eye discharge, then running tests for the presence of different pathogens, according to the Merck Manual. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "So, You Got Semen in Your Eye. Here's What to Do," 1 Mar. 2019 The most recent microscope harnessed by doctors may thus launch a whole new field of nano-diagnosis. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 2018 Now, a year after the initial diagnosis and an incredible 10 rounds of chemotherapy, the dance teacher has successfully beaten the disease. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Abby Lee Miller Is Officially Cancer Free," 23 May 2019 Now with a new title, Dance Moms: Resurrection is looking back at Abby’s cancer diagnosis and her return to Pittsburgh with the Abby Lee Dance Company. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About 'Dance Moms' Season 8," 14 May 2019 These personal health records aim to consolidate information like diagnoses and lab results for consumers to access easily via their smartphones or... Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Tech, Health Firms Race to Help Consumers Manage Personal Data," 2 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce diagnosis (audio) \
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- How to pronounce diagnosis (audio) \
plural diagnoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce diagnoses (audio) \

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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