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[dahy-uh g-nohs, -nohz, dahy-uh g-nohs, -nohz] /ˈdaɪ əgˌnoʊs, -ˌnoʊz, ˌdaɪ əgˈnoʊs, -ˈnoʊz/
verb (used with object), diagnosed, diagnosing.
to determine the identity of (a disease, illness, etc.) by a medical examination:
The doctor diagnosed the illness as influenza.
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.
to classify or determine on the basis of scientific examination.
verb (used without object), diagnosed, diagnosing.
to make a diagnosis.
Origin of diagnose
1860-65; back formation from diagnosis
Related forms
diagnosable, adjective
underdiagnose, verb (used with object), underdiagnosed, underdiagnosing.
undiagnosable, adjective
undiagnosed, adjective
well-diagnosed, adjective Unabridged
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  • Our knees ache, our pace slows, and we're diagnosed with diabetes or even cancer.
British Dictionary definitions for diagnosed


to determine or distinguish by diagnosis
(transitive) to examine (a person or thing), as for a disease
Derived Forms
diagnosable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for diagnosed



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

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diagnosed 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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