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prognostic Line breaks: prog|nos¦tic
Pronunciation: /prɒɡˈnɒstɪk/

Definition of prognostic in English:


Relating to or serving to predict the likely course of a medical condition: the prognostic importance of the antibody
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  • Important negative prognostic factors in both conditions include patients older than 65 years, hypotension, and coma.
  • Ectopic beats during the test, however, had no prognostic importance.
  • Although many general practices have facilities for electrocardiography, the prognostic importance of common abnormalities is underappreciated.


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An advance indication of a future event; an omen: a pale moon and watery sun are known as prognostics of rain


Late Middle English: from Latin prognosticus from Greek prognōstikos, from prognōsis (see prognosis).



Example sentences
  • Methods for large-scale molecular profiling of diseased tissues are well established with proven efficacy both diagnostically and prognostically.
  • However, until some of the concerns regarding bias and small sample sizes are addressed, the ability to use these scales prognostically in individual patients should be avoided.
  • While there are many articles suggesting that individual biological or genetic markers are prognostically significant, no large series with multivariate analysis proves such markers have independent prognostic relevance.

Words that rhyme with prognostic

acrostic, agnostic, diagnostic, gnostic

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