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rule out

Clinical decision making
verb To exclude as a serious diagnostic consideration, as in to rule out the presence of acute MI. The term has long been used as a verb, but more recently has been popularised as a noun, as in a “rule-out”, a patient whose medical condition is a diagnostic dilemma.

rule out

In medicine, to eliminate or exclude one diagnostic possibility from the list of causes of a patient's presenting signs and symptoms.