What does Prognosis mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prognosis, forecast(noun)

    a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop

  2. prognosis, prospect, medical prognosis(noun)

    a prediction of the course of a disease


  1. prognosis(Noun)

    A forecast of the future course of a disease or disorder, based on medical knowledge.

  2. prognosis(Noun)

    A forecast of the future course, or outcome, of a situation; a prediction.

  3. Origin: Via prognosis, from πρόγνωσις, from prefix προ- + γνῶσις, from γιγνώσκω. First attested in the mid 17th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prognosis(noun)

    the act or art of foretelling the course and termination of a disease; also, the outlook afforded by this act of judgment; as, the prognosis of hydrophobia is bad

  2. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. pro`gnosis, fr. progignw`skein to know beforehand; pro` before + gignw`skein to know. See Know.]


  1. Prognosis

    Prognosis is a medical term for predicting the likely outcome of one's current standing. When applied to large statistical populations, prognostic estimates can be very accurate: for example the statement "45% of patients with severe septic shock will die within 28 days" can be made with some confidence, because previous research found that this proportion of patients died. However, it is much harder to translate this into a prognosis for an individual patient: additional information is needed to determine whether a patient belongs to the 45% who will succumb, or to the 55% who survive. A complete prognosis includes the expected duration, the function, and a description of the course of the disease, such as progressive decline, intermittent crisis, or sudden, unpredictable crisis.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prognosis

    prog-nō′sis, n. foreknowledge: (med.) the act or art of foretelling the course of a disease from the symptoms: the opinion thus formed.—n. Prognos′tic, a foreshowing: a foretelling: an indication: a presage.—adj. foreknowing: foreshowing: indicating what is to happen by signs or symptoms.—v.t. Prognos′ticāte, to foreshow: to foretell: to indicate as future by signs.—n. Prognosticā′tion, the act of prognosticating or foretelling something future by present signs: a foretoken or previous sign.—adj. Prognos′ticātive.—n. Prognos′ticātor, a predictor of future events, esp. a weather prophet. [Gr.,—pro, before, gignōskein, to know.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Prognosis

    A prediction of the probable outcome of a disease based on a individual's condition and the usual course of the disease as seen in similar situations.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prognosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prognosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Stavins:

    The prognosis is vastly better than going into Copenhagen, The expectations (in 2008-09) were much too high.

  2. Molly Brewer:

    We’re talking about ‘ovarian cancer’ but there are different permutations of it, some actually have a very good prognosis, and some have a pretty bad prognosis.

  3. Lisa Schneider:

    As surgeons, it's easy to think that the most powerful thing we do is with our hands and scalpels, but the conversation we have with women about their prognosis and their options after surgery is also very important.

  4. Katharine Yao:

    (Women) should be concerned but also realize that we have very effective ways to monitor the breast with breast MRI and mammograms which detect cancer at an early stage (small size, node negative) and at a stage that is easily treatable and has a good prognosis.

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