follow up

verb

Definition of follow up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to follow with something similar, related, or supplementary following up his convictions with action — G. P. Merrill She followed up her first novel with a second one.

  3. 2 :  to maintain contact with (a person) so as to monitor the effects of earlier activities or treatments All patients were followed up clinically for four months.

  4. 3 :  to pursue in an effort to take further action the police are following up leads

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to take appropriate action follow up on complaints

First Known Use of follow up

1767


Medical Dictionary

follow up

play
transitive verb \ˌfäl-ə-ˈwəp\

Medical Definition of follow up

  1. :  to maintain contact with (a patient) at one or more designated intervals following diagnosis or treatment especially to examine again or monitor the progress of therapy patients who are followed up after their discharge She was discharged on postoperative day 4 and was followed up in the surgery clinic 19 days postoperatively.—Steven L. Bloom et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 21 Oct. 2010


Learn More about follow up


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up follow up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a severe test

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!