differential diagnosis


Definition of differential diagnosis

: the distinguishing of a disease or condition from others presenting with similar signs and symptoms

Examples of differential diagnosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Physicians and historians of medicine have long bickered over a differential diagnosis of Tiny Tim’s unspecified illness, with guesses ranging from cerebral palsy to rickets to renal tubal acidosis. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 Multiple sclerosis is often diagnosed by ruling out other conditions; physicians are then able to form a differential diagnosis of what is causing the symptoms. Jack Guy, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Medically speaking, even in a pandemic, ball pain demands attention because of the vast differential diagnosis that includes threats to life or limb. Robert Lurvey, Wired, 8 Apr. 2020 The differential diagnosis varies from worrisome possibilities such as a UTI, to diabetes or even a spinal cord injury or infection. Daniel R. Taylor, Philly.com, 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of differential diagnosis

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Differential diagnosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/differential%20diagnosis. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of differential diagnosis

: the distinguishing of a disease or condition from others presenting similar symptoms

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