What is a Diagnosis?

The MD, PhD Is In

Lots of people want to know the definition of “diagnosis.”


Merriam-Webster.com puts “diagnosis” in the Top 10% of searches.

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dia” in Greek means “apart.”


gignōskein” is “to recognize” or “to know”

“gnō” is “to come to know,” as in spiritually;

= diagignōskein  – ‘distinguish, discern’



Originating in modern Latin around 1675-85, this late 17th-century Latin word has gained in popularity. Here is the trend from the 1800’s to 2010, of increased use of ‘diagnosis,’ according to Google searches:

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There are many reasons why more people are looking up this word in the dictionary. The most compelling reason may be that patients know that there is something wrong with their body (or that of a loved one), but have trouble finding out what it is. So they go on the internet to search for answers. And being studious, a great starting place is the…

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