physical examination


Definition of physical examination

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

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Recent Examples on the Web McCann must first pass a physical examination before his deal can become official, and Porter and the Mets were said to be finalizing contract details. New York Times, "Big Day for Mets Includes a New Catcher and a New G.M.," 12 Dec. 2020 After a brief screening, a research assistant led her into an exam room, where a doctor administered a nasal-swab test and performed a physical examination. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Countdown to a Coronavirus Vaccine," 6 Dec. 2020 The measure would require the president to undergo a physical examination if ordered by the commission. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi claims new bill authorizing Congress to remove president is 'not about' Trump," 9 Oct. 2020 Before March, patients were required to complete an in-person physical examination before they could be prescribed the treatment. Mara Santilli,, "Will COVID-19 Change The Way We Treat Opioid Use Disorders?," 23 Sep. 2020 Some youth athletic organizations in states from Michigan to New York and Nebraska have this year waived an annual physical examination requirement, saying that last year’s return-to-sports checkup is adequate. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Covid-19 Postpones School Sports Physicals, Irking Pediatricians," 11 Sep. 2020 Reynoso will undergo a physical examination before the team officially announces his acquisition. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Minnesota United's pursuit ends with success as Emanuel Reynoso arrives in Minnesota," 25 Aug. 2020 The Brewers did not announce the deal and were not expected to do so at the winter meetings because Lindblom first must undergo the requisite physical examination. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers sign right-hander Josh Lindblom to three-year deal out of Korean baseball league," 11 Dec. 2019 Records released by Sanders' campaign reveal the senator underwent a physical examination December 19 and a treadmill stress test with continuous EKG monitoring December 11. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Doctors declare Bernie Sanders in "good health" following heart attack," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of physical examination

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Physical examination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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