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 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, "That Weird Pain in Your Nuts and the Limits of Telemedicine," 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, "Medical Mystery: Kids who can't stop going," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of differential diagnosis

1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of differential diagnosis was in 1829

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“Differential diagnosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/differential%20diagnosis. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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