Prognostic definition

prŏg-nŏstĭk
A sign or symptom indicating the future course of a disease.
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Of, relating to, or useful in prognosis.
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Of or relating to prediction; predictive.
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A sign of a future happening; a portent.
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A sign or indication of things to come; omen.
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A forecast; prediction.
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Foretelling; predictive.
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(med.) Of, or serving as a basis for, prognosis.
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Of, relating to, or useful in prognosis.
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Of or relating to prediction; predictive.
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A sign or symptom indicating the future course of a disease.
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A sign of a future happening; a portent.
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Of, pertaining to or characterized by prognosis or prediction.
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(rare, medicine) Prognosis.

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A sign by which a future event may be known or foretold.

Careful observers may foretell the hour.

(By sure prognostics) When to dread a show'r.

While rain depends, the pensive cat gives o'er.

Her frolics, and pursues her tail no more. Jonathan Swift.

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A prediction of the future.
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One who predicts the future.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
prognostic
Plural:
prognostics

Origin of prognostic

  • Middle English pronostik prognosticating, omen from Medieval Latin prognōsticus prognosticating from Greek prognōstikos from prognōsis foreknowledge prognosis N., from Latin prognōsticum omen from Greek prognōstikon from neuter of prognōstikos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin prognosticus, from Ancient Greek προγνωστικός (prognostikos, “foreknowing"), from πρό- (pro-) + γνωστικός (gnostikos, “of or for knowing, good at knowing"), from γιγνώσκω (gignosko, “to learn to know, to perceive, to mark, to learn"). Compare French pronostic (“prognostic").

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