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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.
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

diagnosis

[dahy-uh g-noh-sis] /ˌdaɪ əgˈnoʊ sɪs/
noun, plural diagnoses
[dahy-uh g-noh-seez] /ˌdaɪ əgˈnoʊ siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. the process of determining by examination the nature and circumstances of a diseased condition.
  2. the decision reached from such an examination.
    Abbreviation: Dx.
2.
Biology. scientific determination; a description that classifies a group or taxon precisely.
3.
a determining or analysis of the cause or nature of a problem or situation.
4.
an answer or solution to a problematic situation.
Origin
1675-85; < Neo-Latin < Greek diágnōsis a distinguishing. See dia-, -gnosis
Related forms
prediagnosis, noun, plural prediagnoses.
Can be confused
diagnosis, prognosis.
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  • There are obviously some on this board who believe that this is the result of spurious diagnoses.
British Dictionary definitions for diagnoses

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

diagnosis

/ˌdaɪəɡˈnəʊsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
1.
  1. the identification of diseases by the examination of symptoms and signs and by other investigations
  2. an opinion or conclusion so reached
2.
  1. thorough analysis of facts or problems in order to gain understanding and aid future planning
  2. an opinion or conclusion reached through such analysis
3.
a detailed description of an organism, esp a plant, for the purpose of classification
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Greek: a distinguishing, from diagignōskein to distinguish, from gignōskein to perceive, know
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Word Origin and History for diagnoses
n.

plural of diagnosis.

diagnosis

n.

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).

diagnose

v.

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

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diagnoses 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.

diagnosis di·ag·no·sis (dī'əg-nō'sĭs)
n. pl. di·ag·no·ses (-sēz)

  1. 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.

  2. The opinion derived from such an evaluation.

  3. A brief description of the distinguishing characteristics of an organism, as for taxonomic classification.

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diagnoses in Science
diagnosis
  (dī'əg-nō'sĭs)   
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.
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