Pronunciation: kri-ter'e-on, cri-ter-e-a
- A standard or rule for judging; usually plural (criteria) to denote a set of standards or rules.
- In psychology, a standard such as school grades against which test scores on intelligence tests or other measured behaviors are validated.
- A list of manifestations of a disease or disorder, a certain number of which must be present to warrant diagnosis in a given patient.
[G. kriterion, a standard]
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