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differential diagnosis


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  • n. The process of determining which disease, from a set of possible candidates, is causing a patient's symptoms.
  • n. A list of the common causes of a primary symptom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the determination of the distinguishing characteristics as between two similar diseases or conditions.

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

  • n. a systematic method of diagnosing a disorder (e.g., headache) that lacks unique symptoms or signs


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