from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To distinguish or identify (a disease, for example) by diagnosis.
  • transitive v. To identify (a person) as having a particular disease or condition by means of a diagnosis.
  • transitive v. To analyze the nature or cause of: diagnose the reasons for an economic downturn.
  • intransitive v. To make a diagnosis.

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  • v. To determine the root cause of (a disease).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To ascertain by diagnosis; to diagnosticate. See diagnosticate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In pathol., zoöl., and botany, to determine the diagnosis of; ascertain, as a disease, from its symptoms; distinguish; discriminate; diagnosticate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
  • v. subject to a medical analysis


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from diagnosis.

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Back-formation from diagnosis.


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