Diagnostic testing

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Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing (pronunciation: /daɪəɡˈnɒstɪk ˈtɛstɪŋ/) refers to a wide range of medical tests and procedures used to identify and monitor diseases, conditions, or abnormalities.


The term "diagnostic" is derived from the Greek word "diagnostikos," meaning "able to distinguish," and "testing" originates from the Old French "test," meaning "small vessel."

Types of Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing can be categorized into several types, including:

Related Terms

  • Screening Test: A type of diagnostic test used to detect potential health disorders or diseases in people who do not have any symptoms.
  • Pathology: The study of disease, its causes, processes, development, and consequences.
  • Radiology: The science dealing with X-rays and other high-energy radiation, especially the use of such radiation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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