1. of, relating to, or used in diagnosis.
  2. serving to identify or characterize; being a precise indication.


  1. diagnosis(def 1).
  2. a symptom or characteristic of value in diagnosis.
  3. Medicine/Medical. a device or substance used for the analysis or detection of diseases or other medical conditions.
  4. Computers.
    1. a message output by a computer diagnosing an error in a computer program, computer system, or component device.
    2. a program or subroutine that produces such messages.


  1. of, relating to, or of value in diagnosis


  1. med any symptom that provides evidence for making a specific diagnosis
  2. a diagnosis

1620s (adjective and noun), from Greek diagnostikos “able to distinguish,” from diagnostos, verbal adjective from diagignoskein (see diagnosis). Related: Diagnostics.


  1. Of, relating to, or used in a diagnosis.
  2. Serving to identify a particular disease; characteristic.


  1. diagnostics The art or practice of medical diagnosis.
  2. A symptom or a distinguishing feature serving as supporting evidence in a diagnosis.
  3. An instrument or a technique used in medical diagnosis.

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