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Diagnosis and Prognosis

Commonly Confused Words

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The noun diagnosis refers to the process of analyzing information to understand or explain something. (The plural of diagnosis is diagnoses.)

The noun prognosis means a forecast or prediction. (The plural of prognosis is prognoses.)

Examples:

  • Medical researchers are examining strategies for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

  • The prognosis for continued and sustainable improvements in human well-being on our planet is, at best, guarded.

Practice:

(a) When the ship's engine wouldn't start, the chief engineer offered a _____ of the problem.

(b) The gloomy _____ for jobs and incomes in the coming year sent stock prices falling.

Answers to Practice Exercises

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