diagnosis by exclusion


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di·ag·no·sis by ex·clu·sion

a diagnosis made by excluding those diseases to which only some of the patient's symptoms might belong, leaving one disease as the most likely diagnosis, although no definitive tests or findings establish that diagnosis.

diagnosis by exclusion

Etymology: Gk, dia, through, gnosis, knowledge; L, excludere, to shut out
diagnosis made by eliminating other possible causes of disease symptoms.

di·ag·no·sis by ex·clu·sion

(dī-ăg-nō'sis eks-klū'zhŭn)
A determination made by ruling out those diseases to which only some of the patient's symptoms might belong, leaving one disease as the most likely diagnosis, although no definitive tests or findings establish that diagnosis.

di·ag·no·sis by ex·clu·sion

(dī-ăg-nō'sis eks-klū'zhŭn)
Diagnosis made by excluding diseases to which only some of the patient's symptoms might belong, leaving one disease as the most likely diagnosis, although no definitive tests or findings establish that diagnosis.