differential diagnosis


Definition of differential diagnosis

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

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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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Medical Definition of differential diagnosis

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

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