prognosis

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noun prog·no·sis \präg-ˈnō-səs\

Definition of prognosis

plural

prognoses

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  1. 1 :  the prospect of recovery as anticipated from the usual course of disease or peculiarities of the case

  2. 2 :  forecast, prognostication

Examples of prognosis in a Sentence

  1. Right now, doctors say his prognosis is good.

  2. The president had a hopeful prognosis about the company's future.

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prognosis Is Not Just a Medical Term

With its prefix pro-, meaning "before", prognosis means basically "knowledge beforehand" of how a situation is likely to turn out. Prognosis was originally a strictly medical term, but it soon broadened to include predictions made by experts of all kinds. Thus, for example, economists are constantly offering prognoses (notice the irregular plural form) about where the economy is going, and climate scientists regularly prognosticate about how quickly the earth's atmosphere is warming.

Origin and Etymology of prognosis

Late Latin, from Greek prognōsis, literally, foreknowledge, from progignōskein to know before, from pro- + gignōskein to know — more at know


PROGNOSIS Defined for English Language Learners

prognosis

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Definition of prognosis for English Language Learners

  • : a doctor's opinion about how someone will recover from an illness or injury

  • : a judgment about what is going to happen in the future


Medical Dictionary

prognosis

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noun prog·no·sis \präg-ˈnō-səs\

Medical Definition of prognosis

plural

prognoses

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  1. 1:  the act or art of foretelling the course of a disease

  2. 2:  the prospect of survival and recovery from a disease as anticipated from the usual course of that disease or indicated by special features of the case the prognosis is poor because of the accompanying cardiovascular disease—P. A. Mead et al



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