self-examination

noun self-ex·am·i·na·tion \ ˌself-ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of self-examination

1 : a reflective examination (as of one's beliefs or motives) : introspection
2 : examination of one's body especially for evidence of disease

First Known Use of self-examination

1647

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SELF-EXAMINATION Defined for English Language Learners

self-examination

Definition of self-examination for English Language Learners

  • : careful examination of your own behavior and beliefs to see whether they are good or bad

  • medical : the act or practice of checking your body for symptoms of illness


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self-examination

noun self-ex·am·i·na·tion \ -ig-ˌzam-ə-ˈnā-shən \
variants: or self-exam play \-ig-ˈzam\

medical Definition of self-examination

: examination of one's body especially for evidence of disease
  • regular self-examination for early detection of breast cancer

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