differential diagnosis
noun Date: circa 1860 the distinguishing of a disease or condition from others presenting with similar signs and symptoms

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  • Differential diagnosis — Intervention MeSH D003937 A differential diagnosis (sometimes abbreviated DDx, ddx, DD, D/Dx, or ΔΔ) is a systematic diagnostic method used to identify the presence of an entity where multiple alternatives are …   Wikipedia

  • Differential diagnosis — Diagnosis Di ag*no sis, n.; pl. {Diagnoses}. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to distinguish; dia through, asunder + ? to know. See {Know}.] 1. (Med.) The art or act of recognizing the presence of disease from its signs or symptoms, and deciding as to its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • differential diagnosis — n the distinguishing of a disease or condition from others presenting similar symptoms * * * diagnosis of a condition whose signs and/or symptoms are shared by various other conditions. For example, abdominal pain may be due to any of a large… …   Medical dictionary

  • differential diagnosis — noun a) The process of determining which disease, from a set of possible candidates, is causing a patients symptoms. The differential diagnosis for febrile patients with a rash is extensive. b) A list of the common causes of a primary symptom …   Wiktionary

  • differential diagnosis — diagnosis of a condition whose signs and/or symptoms are shared by various other conditions. For example, abdominal pain may be due to any of a large number of different disorders, which must be ruled out in arriving at a correct diagnosis …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • differential diagnosis — diagnosis …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • differential diagnosis — noun a systematic method of diagnosing a disorder (e.g., headache) that lacks unique symptoms or signs • Hypernyms: ↑medical diagnosis …   Useful english dictionary

  • differential diagnosis — A statement of characters distinguishing a given taxon from other specifically mentioned equivalent taxa; see delimitation …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • differential diagnosis — distinguishing of a disease or condition from others who present similar symptoms; working list of possibilities used by a doctor in the course of diagnosing a specific disease …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Differential diagnosis of dyspnea — Many different conditions can lead to the feeling of dyspnea (shortness of breath). DiagnosisPro, an online medical expert system, listed 497 in October 2010.[1] The most common cardiovascular causes are acute myocardial infarction and congestive …   Wikipedia

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