self-ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion ˌself-ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce self-examination (audio)
: a reflective examination (as of one's beliefs or motives) : introspection
: examination of one's body especially for evidence of disease

Examples of self-examination in a Sentence

many people use the dawning of a new year as an occasion for some quiet self-examination
Recent Examples on the Web The ongoing lack of gender and racial diversity, self-examination, and historical knowledge within the medical profession has led to a complicity in the acceptance of suffering, particularly for certain groups. Dr. Sharon Malone, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 Many detected it themselves, either through self-examination (25%) or by accident (18%), for example, when applying deodorant or shaving their armpits. Kylie Gilbert, Glamour, 22 Mar. 2024 This will help in being able to detect changes during breast self-examinations. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024 In January, Eggert told PEOPLE that she was diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a painful lump in her left breast after conducting a self-examination., 15 Mar. 2024 Gilbert's self-examination on teen violence continued this week with questions about doxing and teen curfew hours during a special town subcommittee forum. Maritza Dominguez, The Arizona Republic, 29 Feb. 2024 And Kenyatta, so dedicated to action and self-examination, has made no allowance for the profound damage done to his daughter by his absence. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2024 Medical professionals also encourage routine self-examinations. Eleanor McCrary, The Courier-Journal, 26 Jan. 2024 Deep self-examination doesn’t always come easy to hard-charging CEOs. Bygeoff Colvin, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-examination was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Self-examination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


self-ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion -ig-ˌzam-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce self-examination (audio)
variants or self-exam
: examination of one's body especially for evidence of disease
regular self-examination for early detection of breast cancer
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