Diagnosis

Definition of Diagnosis

Di`ag`no´sis
n.1.(Med.) The art or act of recognizing the presence of disease from its signs or symptoms, and deciding as to its character; also, the decision arrived at.
2.Hence, the act or process of identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon, especially the abnormal behavior of an animal or artifactual device; as, diagnosis of a vibration in an automobile; diagnosis of the failure of a sales campaign; diagnosis of a computer malfunction.
3.Scientific determination of any kind; the concise description of characterization of a species.
4.Critical perception or scrutiny; judgment based on such scrutiny; esp., perception of, or judgment concerning, motives and character.
The quick eye for effects, the clear diagnosis of men's minds, and the love of epigram.
- Compton Reade.
My diagnosis of his character proved correct.
- J. Payn.
Differential diagnosis
(Med.) the determination of the distinguishing characteristics as between two similar diseases or conditions.

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