• WordNet 3.6
    • n diagnosis identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Diagnosis 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.
    • Diagnosis 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.""My diagnosis of his character proved correct."
    • Diagnosis Scientific determination of any kind; the concise description of characterization of a species.
    • Diagnosis (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diagnosis Scientific discrimination of any kind; a short distinctive description, as of a plant. Specifically
    • n diagnosis As regards the precipitins, these bodies are formed as the result of immunization of animals with albuminous substances derived from individuals of a different species. When the resultant antiserums are then brought together with solutions of the albumins used in immunization, precipitates result. This phenomenon has been notably investigated by Tchistowitsch, Bordet and Wolf, Wassermann, and Uhlenhuth, and the underlying principle utilized in forensic blood-diagnosis. To this end the material in question (stains on clothes, wood, weapons, etc.) is first examined for the presence of blood by the usual methods (hemin test, spectroscopic behavior, etc.). If the presence of blood has thus been demonstrated, the question whether it is of human origin or not is next investigated by mixing a filtered solution of the material under examination with a small amount of blood-serum obtained from a ‘humanized’ rabbit, that is, a rabbit in which precipitin formation has been previously provoked by repeated injections of human blood-serum (hydrocele fluid). The mixture is kept in an incubator, at the temperature of the body, for a number of hours and is then examined. If a precipitate results, the blood-stains are presumbly human. The differentiation of animals of closely related species is, however, not possible in this manner, and the blood of a humanized rabbit will thus not only precipitate the serum of the human being, but like wise that of the anthropoid apes. In this manner the close relationship existing between different, species can be demonstrated, a fact which renders the precipitins of signal interest also to the biologist. See also agglutination test.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diagnosis dī-ag-nō′sis the distinguishing a disease by means of its symptoms: a brief description
    • n Diagnosis that by which anything is known: a symptom
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  • Tony Alesandra
    Tony Alesandra
    “In selling as in medicine, prescription before diagnosis is malpractice.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. , fr. to distinguish; dia` through, asunder + to know. See Know


In literature:

Marcus, who was clever and quick-witted, had already formed a pretty correct diagnosis of the case.
"Doctor Luttrell's First Patient" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Bowers had proved to be correct in his diagnosis.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
Mental dyspepsia might be the diagnosis of many an irritable, unhappy woman.
"The Education of American Girls" by Anna Callender Brackett
But Michael is hardly a personage in our story, and we do not purpose to enter into the diagnosis of his case.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
For the diagnosis was such as to suggest prompt action.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
Here, again, we have a valuable means of diagnosis.
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
But his diagnosis was in error.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Who could make out a mental diagnosis, or anticipate the conduct of a mule afflicted with religious lunacy?
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
This is the diagnosis of an ostrich who tries to escape by burying his head in the sand.
"The Arena" by Various
Taking, then, the three classes of men in the throes of the disease of love, we have the following symptoms, diagnosis and prognosis.
"'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' AND 'Isn't That Just Like a Man!'" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

In poetry:

These poems do not live: it's a sad diagnosis.
They grew their toes and fingers well enough,
Their little foreheads bulged with concentration.
If they missed out on walking about like people
It wasn't for any lack of mother-love.
"Stillborn" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Has metabolic syndrome become a misleading diagnosis or a helpful tool.
With all the problems honey bees are facing, the last thing the busy bugs need is a bad diagnosis from a celebrity TV doctor.
Report of 9 cases, diagnosis with immunocytochemical analysis, and review of the literature.
The reports that I drank heavily (after my diagnosis) are an exaggeration.
New Guidelines Issued for Diagnosis and Management of Post– Myocardial Infarction Depression.
Baby gene map could cut diagnosis to days.
Neonatal Diagnosis by Whole-Genome Sequencing in 2 Days.
Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this painful nerve condition.
Two patient histories will be summarized, illustrating how pulmonary exercise testing was useful in determining the diagnosis of metabolic/mitochondrial myopathy.
Comprehensive overview covers diagnosis, causes and treatment of this often painful disorder.
No-nonsense attitude helped woman overcome diagnosis.
UTK Researcher Helps Confirm Bat Fungus Diagnosis.
Handling Nosy Questions, STD Diagnosis, My Friend's Boyfriend Seems Controlling, and Who Pays to Clean the Pricy Purse.
Using the Synergy Model to Link Nursing Care to Diagnosis-Related Groups.
In both his professional and personal life, Damiano Iocovozzi has seen many people face an end-of-life diagnosis.

In science:

Cost of diagnosis: Both greedy strategies produce a tree with leaf nodes corresponding to possible states, and non-leaf nodes corresponding to tests, assuming that tests are informative enough to distinguish among the states (otherwise leaves correspond to distributions over subsets of states).
Efficient Test Selection in Active Diagnosis via Entropy Approximation
Of course, we can stop the diagnosis when the conditional entropy is suffi ciently low (i.e., when we have an almost deterministic distribution on some subset of states), and then output the most likely state.
Efficient Test Selection in Active Diagnosis via Entropy Approximation
Ganesha: blackbox diagnosis of mapreduce systems.
Testing MapReduce-Based Systems
Fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) is useful in the diagnosis of certain pathologies such as periventricular white-matter lesion in multiple sclerosis.
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
The potential of MRI in the diagnosis and even the treatment of various diseases is far from fully realized. A quantum level understanding of magnetic resonance technology is essential for further innovation in this field.
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging