Word choice may confuse many writers and speakers as well. Today, I am coming up with two such words that are related to medical field. Medical field is known to have a very difficult vocabulary. Apart from the medical specialists, every person may not be able to remember hundreds of difficult medical terms. So, today’s case is prognosis vs. diagnosis.
I will define each of these words and use them in example sentences to show you their functions as well. Continue reading the post to get out of this confusion between prognosis vs. diagnosis.
Prognosis vs. Diagnosis – What is the Difference, Definition & Meaning?
Is it Prognosis or Diagnosis?
As you can see that both prognosis and diagnosis are a few letters apart. Though, they are related to the same field but you cannot use them interchangeably. Prognosis and diagnosis are totally different terms in terms of their meanings. Let me define these terms one by one.
The word ‘prognosis’ is used as a noun within a sentence. It is used to refer to a medical forecast or an opinion, usually by a doctor, about an illness or a medical condition.
1. The doctors are not willing to make a prognosis for this type of serious illness.
2. The family was very upset to hear a very weak prognosis from specialists.
3. [After a poor prognosis for recovery from her doctor following her 1990 bus accident] I said if it is up to me, I’m going to be OK. (Gloria Estefan)
Like prognosis, diagnosis is also used as a noun within a sentence. It is used to refer to an act of discovery or an identification of an illness by examining the nature of the disease i.e. the symptoms. This term is only used in the field of medical.
Let us find out how you can use this term within sentences.
1. The doctors were not telling me the diagnosis of my disease.
2. She should be careful now; give her healthy and light foods because her final diagnosis is pneumonia.
3. If you can make the diagnosis, the treatment is easy and the damage can be reversed. But making the diagnosis is tricky. (Ralph Green)
Got the Difference?
From the above discussion, you got to know that both prognosis and diagnosis are the terms that are related to the fields of medical or psychology. However, people also use these terms outside the medical field as well. For instance, prognosis is synonymous with forecast, prediction, or prophecy. Diagnosis, on the other hand, is synonymous with discovery, recognition, or detection.
Prognosis = Prediction
Diagnosis = Identification
Do not mix up the two medical terms ‘prognosis’ and ‘diagnosis’ as, both have totally different meanings from each other. Though both of these terms are used to refer to a condition like disease but prognosis is the prediction of that disease and diagnosis is the detection of the disease.