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follow-up

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noun fol·low-up \ ˈfä-lō-ˌəp \

Definition of follow-up

1 a :the act or an instance of following up
b :something that follows up
2 :maintenance of contact with or reexamination of a person (such as a patient) especially following treatment
  • The surgeon scheduled a follow-up with his patient a week afer the surgery.
3 :a news story presenting new information on a story published earlier
  • A few days after the story broke, the newspaper printed a follow-up.

First Known Use of follow-up

1916


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follow-up

adjective

Definition of follow-up

1 :of, relating to, or being something that follows up
  • follow-up action by the police
  • —Frank Faulkner
  • had a few follow-up questions after the interview
2 :done, conducted, or administered in the course of following up persons
  • follow-up care for discharged hospital patients

First Known Use of follow-up

1912


follow up

verb

Definition of follow up

transitive verb
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.
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.
3 :to pursue in an effort to take further action
  • the police are following up leads
intransitive verb
:to take appropriate action
  • follow up on complaints

First Known Use of follow up

1767


FOLLOW-UP Defined for English Language Learners

follow-up

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noun

Definition of follow-up for English Language Learners

  • : something that continues or completes a process or activity


Medical Dictionary

follow-up

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noun fol·low-up \ ˈfäl-ə-ˌwəp, ˌfäl- \

medical Definition of follow-up

:maintenance of contact with a patient at one or more designated intervals following diagnosis or treatment especially to examine again or monitor the progress of therapy; also :an instance of such contact
  • At three-month and six-month follow-ups, he had only mild, residual facial swelling on the lower left side.
  • —Meredith August et al.The New England Journal of Medicine29 Dec. 2005

follow-up

adjective
    • a follow-up visit
    • follow-up care
    • When ovarian cancer is found, better follow-up procedures and more aggressive chemotherapy are prolonging remissions, even in women with advanced disease.
    • Mayo Clinic Health LetterJanuary 1992

follow up

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transitive verb \ ˌfäl-ə-ˈwəp \

medical Definition of follow up

: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 Medicine21 Oct. 2010

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