< /ˌdaɪ əgˈnoʊ siz/.
- the process of determining by examination the nature and circumstances of a diseased condition.
- the decision reached from such an examination. Abbreviation: Dx
- Biology. scientific determination; a description that classifies a group or taxon precisely.
- a determining or analysis of the cause or nature of a problem or situation.
- an answer or solution to a problematic situation.
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
- the identification of diseases by the examination of symptoms and signs and by other investigations
- an opinion or conclusion so reached
- thorough analysis of facts or problems in order to gain understanding and aid future planning
- an opinion or conclusion reached through such analysis
- a detailed description of an organism, esp a plant, for the purpose of classification
1680s, medical Latin application of Greek diagnosis “a discerning, distinguishing,” from stem of diagignoskein “discern, distinguish,” literally “to know thoroughly,” from dia- “apart” (see dia-) + gignoskein “to learn” (see gnostic).
n. pl. di•ag•no•ses (-sēz)
- The act or process of identifying or determining the nature and cause of a disease or injury through evaluation of patient history, examination, and review of laboratory data.
- The opinion derived from such an evaluation.
- A brief description of the distinguishing characteristics of an organism, as for taxonomic classification.
Plural diagnoses (dī′əg-nō′sēz)
- The identification by a medical provider of a condition, disease, or injury made by evaluating the symptoms and signs presented by a patient.