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Pronunciation: de-ter'mi-na'shun


  1. A change, for the better or for the worse, in the course of a disease.
  2. A general move toward a given point.
  3. The measurement or estimation of any quantity or quality in scientific or laboratory investigation.
  4. Discernment of a state or category (in diagnosis).
  5. A process, both necessary and sufficient, whereby an effect is caused.

[L. de-termino, pp. -atus, to limit, determine, fr. terminus, a boundary]

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