physical examination


Definition of physical examination

: an examination of the bodily functions and condition of an individual

Examples of physical examination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The delay, one of many, came when Suskauer ruled that Florida law required Ford to be given a full physical examination — something neither Bloom nor the other doctor on the team had done. Jane Musgrave, Detroit Free Press, "Daughters claim widow of Henry Ford II is being abused by longtime companion," 11 Jan. 2020 The announcement of that deal has been delayed pending a physical examination for Lindblom, 32, who was the 2019 most valuable player in the KBO. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers agree to one-year, free-agent deal with left-hander Brett Anderson," 13 Dec. 2019 Those talks advanced all the way to an agreement Monday, but the club was not expected to announce it until Tuesday, likely because of the prerequisite physical examination for Garcia. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers reach two-year deal with Avisail Garcia, make Josh Lindblom signing official," 16 Dec. 2019 Currently at war with North Korea, South Korea requires men 18 or older to get a physical examination by the Military Manpower Administration, which can then lead to service. Christi Carras,, "BTS might take an extended break while K-pop band serves in military," 22 Nov. 2019 This involves a regimented exercise schedule in the weeks leading up to launch as well as extensive physical examination. Wired, "Tips for Puking in Microgravity and Staying Healthy in Space," 15 Oct. 2019 Here's What That Means Several tests can help doctors diagnose patients with cold agglutinin disease, including blood tests, which the patient in the new case report underwent, and a physical examination. Maggie O'neill,, "This Woman’s Back Rash and Cold Agglutinin Disease Might Have Been Triggered By New York Weather," 25 Sep. 2019 For example, the report found that people with severe mental illness are less likely to have a physical examination than their peers. Arman Azad, CNN, "Why people with mental illness may face poorer physical health and early death," 16 July 2019 Anyone who has undergone a physical examination and completed a questionnaire about family history of cancer is the beneficiary of his research. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Henry Lynch, celebrated as father of cancer genetics, dies at 91," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of physical examination

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2020

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“Physical examination.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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: an examination of the bodily functions and condition of an individual

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