Diagnosis

Di`ag*no"sis

(?), n.;
pl. Diagnoses (#).
[NL., fr. Gr. , fr. to distinguish; dia` through, asunder + to know. See Know.] 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.
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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.
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3. Scientific determination of any kind; the concise description of characterization of a species.
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4. Critical perception or scrutiny; judgment based on such scrutiny; esp., perception of, or judgment concerning, motives and character.
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The quick eye for effects, the clear diagnosis of men's minds, and the love of epigram.
Compton Reade.
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My diagnosis of his character proved correct.
J. Payn.
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Differential diagnosis (Med.), the determination of the distinguishing characteristics as between two similar diseases or conditions.
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