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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or used in a diagnosis.
  • adj. Serving to identify a particular disease; characteristic.
  • n. The art or practice of medical diagnosis. Often used in the plural with a singular verb.
  • n. A symptom or a distinguishing feature serving as supporting evidence in a diagnosis.
  • n. An instrument or a technique used in medical diagnosis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to diagnosis
  • adj. characteristic of a particular disease
  • n. a technique etc. used in medical diagnosis
  • n. Any tool or technique used to find the root of a problem

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or furnishing, a diagnosis; indicating the nature of a disease.
  • n. The mark or symptom by which one disease is known or distinguished from others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to diagnosis; determining a diagnosis; indicating the nature; constituting a ground of discrimination.
  • n. In pathology, a symptom of value in diagnosis.
  • n. In zoology and botany, a term or phrase which constitutes a diagnosis; a definition or characterization.

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

  • adj. characteristic or indicative of a disease
  • adj. concerned with diagnosis; used for furthering diagnosis


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

Greek diagnōstikos, able to distinguish, from diagnōstos, distinguished, from diagignōskein, to distinguish; see diagnosis.


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