differential diagnosis


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differential diagnosis (countable and uncountable, plural differential diagnoses)

  1. (medicine) The process of determining which disease, from a set of possible candidates, is causing a patient's symptoms.
  2. (medicine) A list of possible causes of a primary symptom or a collection of symptoms.
    • 2000 August 15, Harry D. McKinnon and Thomas Howard, “Evaluating the Febrile Patient with a Rash”, in American Family Physician, American Academy of Family Physicians, page 804,
      The differential diagnosis for febrile patients with a rash is extensive.