Definition of prognostic in English:


Syllabification: prog·nos·tic
Pronunciation: /präɡˈnästik


Serving to predict the likely outcome of a disease or ailment; of or relating to a medical prognosis.
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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 or portent of a future event: a one-banded caterpillar is considered a prognostic of a mild winter


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



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • 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.

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