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 (dī′əg-nōs′, -nōz′)
v. di·ag·nosed, di·ag·nos·ing, di·ag·nos·es
1. To distinguish or identify (a disease, for example) by diagnosis.
2. To identify (a person) as having a particular disease or condition by means of a diagnosis.
3. To analyze the nature or cause of: diagnose the reasons for an economic downturn.
To make a diagnosis.

[Back-formation from diagnosis.]

di′ag·nos′a·ble adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diagnosing - identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenondiagnosing - identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
identification, designation - the act of designating or identifying something
blood typing - determining a person's blood type by serological methods
medical diagnosis - identification of a disease from its symptoms
uranalysis, urinalysis - (medicine) the chemical analysis of urine (for medical diagnosis)
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