|a mass of protoplasm found in most cells, directing their growth, metabolism, reproduction, and functioning in the transmission of genic characters|
|the usual major subdivision of a family or subfamily in the classification of organisms, usually consisting of more than one species|
|—n , pl -ses|
|1.||a. the identification of diseases by the examination of symptoms and signs and by other investigations|
|b. an opinion or conclusion so reached|
|2.||a. thorough analysis of facts or problems in order to gain understanding and aid future planning|
|b. an opinion or conclusion reached through such analysis|
|3.||a detailed description of an organism, esp a plant, for the purpose of classification|
|[C17: New Latin, from Greek: a distinguishing, from diagignōskein to distinguish, from gignōskein to perceive, |
diagnosis di·ag·no·sis (dī'əg-nō'sĭs)
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.
|diagnosis (dī'əg-nō'sĭs) Pronunciation Key
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.