n. pl. di·ag·no·ses (-sēz)
a. The act or process of identifying or determining the nature and cause of a disease or injury through evaluation of patient history, examination, and review of laboratory data.
b. The opinion derived from such an evaluation.
a. A critical analysis of the nature of something.
b. The conclusion reached by such analysis.
3. Biology A brief description of the distinguishing characteristics of an organism, as for taxonomic classification.
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