Glossary Term:

Title

diagnosis

Phonetic

<b>die</b>-ug-<b>NO</b>-sis

Description

identifying a disease by its signs or symptoms, and by using imaging tests, lab tests, or biopsy. For most types of cancer, the earlier a diagnosis of cancer is made, the better the chance for long-term survival. See also biopsy, imaging studies, sign, symptom.