Definitions for Prognosisprɒgˈnoʊ sɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prog•no•sis*prɒgˈnoʊ sɪs(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. a forecasting of the probable course and outcome of a disease, esp. of the chances of recovery.

    Category: Medicine

  2. a forecast or prognostication.

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Origin of prognosis:

1645–55; < LL < Gk prógnōsis foreknowledge. See prognostic , -sis

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prognosis(noun)ɒgˈnoʊ sɪs

    a doctor's opinion about how an illness will develop

    The doctor's prognosis for recovery is not very hopeful.

  2. prognosisɒgˈnoʊ sɪs

    an opinion about how a situation might develop; = forecast

    a gloomy economic prognosis for next year


  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


  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.

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.

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