What does diagnosis mean?

Definitions for diagnosisˌdaɪ əgˈnoʊ sɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diagnosis, diagnosing(noun)

    identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon


  1. Diagnosis(n.)

    Hence, the act or process of identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon, especially the abnormal behavior of an animal or artifactual device; as, diagnosis of a vibration in an automobile; diagnosis of the failure of a sales campaign; diagnosis of a computer malfunction.

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. , fr. to distinguish; dia` through, asunder + to know. See Know.]


  1. diagnosis(Noun)

    The identification of the nature and cause of an illness.

  2. diagnosis(Noun)

    The identification of the nature and cause of something (of any nature).

  3. diagnosis(Noun)

    A written description of a species or other taxon serving to distinguish that species from all others. Especially, a description written in Latin and published.

  4. Origin: From diagnosis, from διάγνωσις, from διαγιγνώσκειν, from διά + γιγνώσκειν.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diagnosis(noun)

    the art or act of recognizing the presence of disease from its signs or symptoms, and deciding as to its character; also, the decision arrived at

  2. Diagnosis(noun)

    scientific determination of any kind; the concise description of characterization of a species

  3. Diagnosis(noun)

    critical perception or scrutiny; judgment based on such scrutiny; esp., perception of, or judgment concerning, motives and character

  4. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. , fr. to distinguish; dia` through, asunder + to know. See Know.]


  1. Diagnosis

    Medical diagnosis refers both to the process of attempting to determine or identify a possible disease or disorder, and to the opinion reached by this process. From the point of view of statistics the diagnostic procedure involves classification tests. It is a major component of, for example, the procedure of a doctor's visit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diagnosis

    dī-ag-nō′sis, n. the distinguishing a disease by means of its symptoms: a brief description:—pl. Diagnō′ses.—v.t. Dī′agnose, to ascertain from symptoms, as a disease.—adj. Dīagnos′tic, distinguishing: characteristic.—n. that by which anything is known: a symptom.—n.pl. Diagnos′tics, the branch of medicine to which the skill in noting and interpreting symptoms belongs. [Gr., dia, between, gnōsisgnōnai, to know.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Diagnosis

    The determination of the nature of a disease or condition, or the distinguishing of one disease or condition from another. Assessment may be made through physical examination, laboratory tests, or the likes. Computerized programs may be used to enhance the decision-making process.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'diagnosis' in Nouns Frequency: #1964


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diagnosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diagnosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Christine Friedenreich:

    This study provides some new evidence that watching TV after a diagnosis of colorectal cancer may decrease overall survival as well as survival associated with colon cancer diagnosis.

  2. Edward Hodnett:

    If you don't ask the right questions, you don't get the right answers. A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer. Asking questions is the ABC of diagnosis. Only the inquiring mind solves problems.

  3. William Osler:

    Few diseases present greater difficulties in the way of diagnosis than malignant endocarditis, difficulties which in many cases are practi- cally insurmountable. It is no disparagement to the many skilled physicians who have put their cases upon record to say that, in fully one-half the diagnosis was made post mortem.

  4. Adamo Macri:

    Most people don't like to be confronted with an actual fact-of-life because it's difficult to metabolize. A painting of a bowl of fruit is much easier. It's for the same reason why we don't like going to the doctor. The diagnosis and x-rays are too honest. This is what creates the perception that contemporary art is shocking or suspicious.”

  5. Albert Wu:

    We're asking people to manage without data, so, for example, I do not know what proportion of my diagnoses are correct. There's no feedback mechanism that I get at any point in the system about whether or not I got the most appropriate test that would allow me to make the diagnosis, and there's no one keeping track of whether or not I did make the right diagnosis.

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