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diagnose

[dahy-uh g-nohs, -nohz, dahy-uh g-nohs, -nohz] /ˈdaɪ əgˌnoʊs, -ˌnoʊz, ˌdaɪ əgˈnoʊs, -ˈnoʊz/
verb (used with object), diagnosed, diagnosing.
1.
to determine the identity of (a disease, illness, etc.) by a medical examination:
The doctor diagnosed the illness as influenza.
2.
to ascertain the cause or nature of (a disorder, malfunction, problem, etc.) from the symptoms:
The mechanic diagnosed the trouble that caused the engine knock.
3.
to classify or determine on the basis of scientific examination.
verb (used without object), diagnosed, diagnosing.
4.
to make a diagnosis.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; back formation from diagnosis
Related forms
diagnosable, adjective
underdiagnose, verb (used with object), underdiagnosed, underdiagnosing.
undiagnosable, adjective
undiagnosed, adjective
well-diagnosed, adjective
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Examples for diagnose
  • Osteopathic doctors look at the patient's entire body to diagnose a problem.
  • So far, engineers have been unable to diagnose the problem.
  • Multiple sclerosis is a tricky disease to find and diagnose.
  • Parkinson's disease can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages.
  • But a new blood screening test may help doctors diagnose the stealthy disease earlier.
  • To diagnose hypopituitarism, there must be low hormone levels due to a problem with the pituitary gland.
  • DOs can diagnose disease and prescribe medication, but they cannot perform surgeries.
  • Laboratory tests are needed to accurately identify and detect the bacteria and diagnose trachoma.
  • Though the project still has a long way to go, it has already helped develop a test to diagnose the early stages of the disease.
  • Allison was ordered to diagnose and fix the problem immediately.
British Dictionary definitions for diagnose

diagnose

/ˈdaɪəɡˌnəʊz/
verb
1.
to determine or distinguish by diagnosis
2.
(transitive) to examine (a person or thing), as for a disease
Derived Forms
diagnosable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for diagnose
v.

1861, back-formation from diagnosis. Related: Diagnosed; diagnosing.

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diagnose in Medicine

diagnose di·ag·nose (dī'əg-nōs', -nōz')
v. di·ag·nosed, di·ag·nos·ing, di·ag·nos·es
To make a diagnosis.

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