prognosis

noun
prog·​no·​sis | \ präg-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce prognosis (audio) \
plural prognoses\ präg-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce prognoses (audio) \

Definition of prognosis

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

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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.

Examples of prognosis in a Sentence

Right now, doctors say his prognosis is good. The president had a hopeful prognosis about the company's future.

Recent Examples on the Web

Despite earlier forecasts showing a possibility of a wintry mix and plunging temperatures Friday night through Sunday, by Saturday morning the prognosis appeared warmer and drier. Brian Compere, baltimoresun.com, "Wintry weather expected to miss Baltimore area this weekend," 7 Apr. 2018 Strolling through the vineyards, Kluge plucks a ripe merlot grape and discusses sugar content and the excellent prognosis for the 2011 vintage. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "The Strange Saga of Trump Winery," 14 Oct. 2016 The prognosis for those suffering from LeBronsomnia is bleak. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "LeBron James Has Turned the NBA Into the ZZZ," 21 Oct. 2018 After each of those epics, the Warriors lost only once, so the prognosis for these Cavaliers was predictable. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Kevin Durant and the Dagger That Foreshadowed the Broom," 12 June 2018 And while the cure rate for children has remained at 60 to 70 percent for three decades, the prognosis for dogs is far more dire: 90 percent die within two years of being diagnosed. Amy Sutherland, BostonGlobe.com, "An experimental cancer treatment cured this dog. Could it work for people?," 16 May 2018 Kobie Emanuel’s doctor gave him an unusual prognosis: Your public housing apartment is threatening your health. Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "His bedbug bites are so bad, his doctor told him to move: 'I sprayed Raid on my skin.'," 20 June 2018 But Yost is encouraged by the early prognosis, which does not include a month-long recovery. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals put Alex Gordon on disabled list, call up Abraham Almonte | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018 The Spurs said at the time that the third-year guard would miss the entire season and have not altered that prognosis since. Raul Dominguez, The Seattle Times, "Aldridge leads Spurs past Wizards 132-119," 27 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of prognosis

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prognosis

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

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prognosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prognosis

: 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

prognosis

noun
prog·​no·​sis | \ präg-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce prognosis (audio) \
plural prognoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce prognoses (audio) \

Medical Definition of prognosis

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