Make Your Editor Cry: Diagnosis (Awkward Plural)
BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
The plural of diagnosis is diagnoses.
diagnosis: the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms
The singular form of diagnosis is diagnosis. The plural of diagnosis is diagnoses. The noun diagnosis has a Greek root, which is the derivation of the plural diagnoses. There is no alternative English plural form. The noun diagnosis conforms to the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.
Hippocrates was known to make diagnoses by smelling his patients' sweat.
In a differential diagnosis, a physician rules out the diagnoses until a final determination can be made.
Gregg Bridgeman is the Editor-in-Chief at Olivia Kimbrell Press. He is husband to best-selling Christian author Hallee Bridgeman and parent to three. He continues to proudly serve in the US Armed Forces and has done so in either an active or reserve capacity for more than twenty years as an airborne and air assault qualified paratrooper, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Most importantly, he was ordained in October of 2001 after surrendering his life to Christ decades earlier.