ex·​am | \ ig-ˈzam \

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examination, quiz, test

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Your final exam will count for half of the semester's grade. the exam will cover everything we have studied this term

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Trump had been declared available for service two years earlier and had undergone a physical exam, Selective Service records show. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 Dec. 2018 As a result, prostate cancer was detected through physical exams in most of the 695 subjects from Sweden, Finland and Iceland who were part of the study. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Surgery Adds Three Years to Lives of Prostate-Cancer Patients, Study Finds," 12 Dec. 2018 Doctors are often able to diagnose appendicitis pretty quickly with a physical exam, blood test, urine test, and imaging like an abdominal X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. Korin Miller, SELF, "HGTV 'Home Town' Star Erin Napier Had an Undiagnosed Perforated Appendix for Years," 22 Oct. 2018 The nonprofit told The Times that the bird—named Lorax after the Dr. Seuss character—will get a physical exam and hopefully return to the wild. Fox News, "Rare snowy owl found in famed New York City jail," 4 July 2018 The Post reported that migrants typically receive food and water when they are taken into custody, but couldn’t say whether or not Jackeline had received either or been given a medical exam prior to her seizures while in custody. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "7-Year-Old Jackeline Caal Died in Border Patrol Custody After Migrating From Guatemala," 14 Dec. 2018 Getting four hours of sleep will certainly leave you tired and out of sorts — many of us became well-acquainted with that feeling during college exam weeks. Caitlin Flynn, Allure, "7 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone With a Chronic or Invisible Illness," 16 Oct. 2018 An analysis of a licensing exam question bank found that the number one disease associated with white patients is cystic fibrosis. Jennifer W. Tsai, STAT, "You can’t tell a book by its cover — or a disease by Drake’s race," 11 July 2018 So for the first time, the 6-year-old business is hiring inexperienced workers to be front-desk receptionists and training them to handle sales and assist with eye exams. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Flexible hours, $10,000 referral fee: Small businesses get creative to hire in tight labor market," 11 July 2018

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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