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 Dictionary entry overview: What does diagnostic test mean? 

  The noun DIAGNOSTIC TEST has 1 sense:

1. an assay conducted for diagnostic purposes

  Familiarity information: DIAGNOSTIC TEST used as a noun is very rare.

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An assay conducted for diagnostic purposes

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Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


diagnostic assay; diagnostic test

Hypernyms ("diagnostic test" is a kind of...):

assay (a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "diagnostic test"):

biopsy (examination of tissues or liquids from the living body to determine the existence or cause of a disease)

tissue typing (a series of diagnostic tests before an organ transplant to determine whether the tissues of a donor and recipient are compatible)

skin test (any test to determine immunity or sensitivity to a disease by introducing small amounts on or into the skin)

Rubin test (test to determine the patency or occlusion of the Fallopian tubes)

radioactive iodine test (test of thyroid function in which the patient is give an oral does of radioactive iodine-131)

Queckenstedt's test (a test to determine whether there is a blockage of the spinal canal)

PKU test (a test of newborn infants for phenylketonuria)

Pap test; Papanicolaou test; smear test (a method of examining stained cells in a cervical smear for early diagnosis of uterine cancer)

glucose tolerance test (test of the body's ability to metabolize carbohydrates; used in the diagnosis of hypoglycemia and diabetes mellitus)

GI series (diagnostic tests of the alimentary canal; usually involves inserting a contrast medium (such as barium sulfate) and taking an X-ray)

faecal occult test; fecal occult test; stool test (a test performed at home in which you collect specimens of your stool that are tested for traces of blood; used to detect colorectal cancers)

cloze procedure; cloze test (a test for diagnosing reading ability; words are deleted from a prose passage and the reader is required to fill in the blanks)

vital capacity (the maximum amount of air that can be exhaled after a maximum inhalation (usually tested with a spirometer); used to determine the condition of lung tissue)

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