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 Dictionary entry overview: What does diagnostic mean? 

DIAGNOSTIC (adjective)
  The adjective DIAGNOSTIC has 2 senses:

1. concerned with diagnosis; used for furthering diagnosis
2. characteristic or indicative of e.g. a disease

  Familiarity information: DIAGNOSTIC used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DIAGNOSTIC (adjective)

Sense 1diagnostic [BACK TO TOP]


Concerned with diagnosis; used for furthering diagnosis

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

a diagnostic clinic / a diagnostic reading test / diagnostic information


diagnosis (identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon)

Sense 2diagnostic [BACK TO TOP]


Characteristic or indicative of e.g. a disease


symptomatic; diagnostic

Context examples:

a diagnostic sign of yellow fever / diagnostic information / a rash symptomatic of scarlet fever / symptomatic of insanity / a rise in crime symptomatic of social breakdown


characteristic (typical or distinctive)

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