I'm searching for a single word to describe a session made of independent tasks performed sequentially.

For example when you go to a medical center (this is the context where it has to be used then technical terms are preferred) and they perform many exams to achieve a diagnosis:

"In order to diagnose your problem in this [word here] we need to perform an Exercise ECG and an angiography".

I thought about session but I'm not sure it's right one and I'd prefer something else because it's already used on the same context with another meaning. Also examination may be an option but I'm not sure about its usage in this context.

EDIT: assume performed tasks are generically called procedure or test.

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I used to be a nurse and thought this might help.

You see a doctor for a consultation. No diagnosis would take place during the consultation. In order to achieve a diagnosis, a series of routine medical tests must be carried out. The results should indicate if there is anything wrong.

  • Thank you, did you use any particular word referring to these tests (all together)? "Consultation" is the whole thing (including the act to ask doctor), tests are the things that will be performed, what's the word to name these "things" as an ensemble or it is "consultation"? Jul 16, 2015 at 10:56
  • Diagnostic procedures would have been the one that I was most familiar with. Does this help?
    – Treasa
    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:00
  • Yes, absolutely! I'm not native speaker so I'm not sure I can explain myself, word I'm looking for (if it exists) is for the whole set of (diagnostic) procedures you perform within a consultation. Is it "consultation" (then also including other things such as diagnosis and eventually talking with doctor to gather information) or there is a more specific term? Jul 16, 2015 at 11:08
  • I think you might be talking about a medical work-up where a panel of chemical tests such as blood and urine tests have become routine. Occasionally, you can have a general medical check-up where you have routine tests done within the consultation. I think this might suit your description better . I can appreciate how hard it is to learn English. i am a native speaker and still have some problems :)
    – Treasa
    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:46

One could certainly call that diagnostic session an examination or exam.

In order to diagnose your problem during this exam, we need to perform...

Exam is what the doctor or nurse would call it when speaking to the patient.

The doctors must perform many tests, such as an EEG.


"Process" would be a much better fit in general (if it's not specifically targeted to the medical example that you're presenting).

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