- A prediction of the probable outcome of a disease based on a individual's condition and the usual course of the disease as seen in similar situations.
Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- 1: The act or art of foretelling the course of a disease.
2: The prospect of survival and recovery from a disease as anticipated from the usual course of that disease or indicated by special features of the case <the prognosis is poor because of the accompanying cardiovascular disease -- P. A. Mead et al>.
Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
Related discussion in the Handbook
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.