Definition of diagnose in English:

diagnose

Line breaks: diag|nose
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪəgnəʊz
 
, -ˈnəʊz/

verb

[with object]
1Identify the nature of (an illness or other problem) by examination of the symptoms: two doctors failed to diagnose a punctured lung
More example sentences
  • Doctors usually diagnose the disease after studying the symptoms, and excluding other possible causes.
  • The surgeon diagnoses the problem by barium enema or a colonoscopy and schedules surgery.
  • Generally speaking, a team that includes both a speech therapist and surgeon working together best diagnoses these problems.
Synonyms
identify, determine, distinguish, recognize, discover, spot, detect, pinpoint; pronounce, confirm, verify
1.1Identify the nature of the medical condition of: she was finally diagnosed as having epilepsy 20,000 men are diagnosed with skin cancer every year
More example sentences
  • Would this woman have been given such advice if her unborn child was not diagnosed as having the condition?
  • Pollyanna was just six weeks old when she was diagnosed as having the condition.
  • George was diagnosed with the potentially deadly condition days after his second birthday.

Origin

mid 19th century: back-formation from diagnosis.

Derivatives

diagnosable

adjective
More example sentences
  • Unlike cancer, CAD is readily preventable, diagnosable, treatable and even reversible.
  • Some violent offenders are not sociopathic or psychopathic, yet probably about 20 percent of the prison population is diagnosable as being psychopathic.
  • Studies indicate that more than 90 per cent of suicide victims have a diagnosable psychiatric illness such as depression.

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