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n. the process of determining the nature of a disorder by considering the patient’s signs and symptoms, medical background, and – when necessary – results of laboratory tests and X-ray examinations. Unlike therapeutic procedures, diagnostic processes usually do not directly benefit the patient in terms of treatment. See also differential diagnosis, prenatal diagnosis. Compare prognosis. —diagnosticadj.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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