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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ă-ses′ment


  1. Evaluation of the patient using selected skills of history-taking; physical examination, laboratory, imaging, and social evaluation, to achieve a specific goal.
  2. Appraisal or analysis of conditions, disorders, data, or a patient's overall state.

[M.E. assessen, eto evaluate, fr. Med.L. assideo, pp. assessus, to sit in judgment, as to estimate a charge or apportion a tax]

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