noun (1)
work·​up | \ ˈwərk-ˌəp How to pronounce workup (audio) \

Definition of workup

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an intensive diagnostic study especially for medical purposes


noun (2)
\ ˈwərk-ˌəp How to pronounce work-up (audio) \

Definition of work-up (Entry 2 of 3)

: an unintended mark on a printed sheet caused by the rising of spacing material

work up

worked up; working up; works up

Definition of work up (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to stir up : rouse
2 : to produce by mental or physical work worked up a comedy act worked up a sweat in the gym

intransitive verb

: to rise gradually in intensity or emotional tone

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Examples of workup in a Sentence


spent years working up a period novel that was historically accurate in every detail

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This research suggests that doctors should do genetic workups in puzzling cases of serious infection, Meyts says. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 Both doctors say the couple should start by trying naturally for six months, and if pregnancy doesn't result, the royal couple should consult with Markle's gynecologist and a fertility specialist for a workup. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "What's next for Harry & Meghan? New digs, new job, new influence?," 21 May 2018 Don did all the psychological workup for gender reassignment during that time, working out of our house. Roberta Brown, Vogue, "Why I Left My Life as a Nun and Became a Sex Therapist," 2 May 2018 In reality, only about 20 percent are, although 15 years ago 40 percent of hip fracture patients got this kind of workup. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Osteoporosis: An Avoidable Crisis," 13 Mar. 2018 While these kinds of examples are dramatic, the reality is that most kids don’t need an extremely-rapid genetic workup. Paul Sisson,, "Rady Children's Institute sets Guinness world record," 12 Feb. 2018 People with these kinds of symptoms, Waxman said, need to come in for an immediate workup, even if most will not turn out to be heart attacks. Paul Sisson,, "Meals on Wheels tests high-tech health checks for seniors," 1 Sep. 2017 Specialists performed nerve conduction tests, full blood workups, exams to check muscle function, a CT of the head, an MRI of the spine, a sonogram of the heart., "U.S. Tourists Wonder If Cuba Attacks Hit Them, Too," 20 Oct. 2017 Even if a full workup in the emergency department, complete with electrocardiogram, shows there is no heart attack happening, doctors know that vague chest pain is often reported hours or even days before a heart attack. Paul Sisson,, "Meals on Wheels tests high-tech health checks for seniors," 1 Sep. 2017

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Employers have been turning to backdoor routes such as the trainees or students who are allowed to work up to 28 hours a week. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan to Expand Program to Bring in Foreign Workers," 12 Apr. 2018 The thousands of students rallying in Washington, D.C. on Saturday for the March for Our Lives movement are sure to work up an appetite, making the generosity of select restaurants near the march route all the more sweet. Fox News, "D.C. restaurants giving free food to March for Our Lives student protesters," 24 Mar. 2018 Musgraves has invested in busting through country’s status quo since her major label debut, 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park, but her two previous sets were just working up to the ambition of Golden Hour. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2018 (So Far): Critics' Picks," 5 June 2018 Dorella was the one who kept the family going, working up to 12 hours a day at the Mac factory, assembling hulking mechanical toolboxes, fitting each roller bearing and drawer just so. Chris Ballard,, "Same Warrior, New Battle: Brian Grant Won't Back Down From Parkinson's Disease," 2 May 2018 The number of people in work was up by 350,000 on the year to 32.41 million, with British nationals working up by 448,000 to 29 million. Pan Pylas, The Seattle Times, "EU workers leave UK in record numbers as Brexit looms," 13 Nov. 2018 Most people start with the small-college jobs and then work up to the big one. Joe Knowles,, "Roger Bennett on 'American Fiasco,' the state of U.S. soccer and the 'siren call' of Chicago," 27 June 2018 There are two traditional ways to get a job as a mariner: earn a four-year degree at a maritime academy or start as a deckhand and work up to the wheelhouse. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: San Jacinto College’s John Stauffer trains a new generation of more educated mariners," 15 June 2018 Start now: Do one 10-minute workout today (go to Be Fit for free videos), then work up to three per day. Jennifer Moncayo, Woman's Day, "5 Things All Women With Type 2 Diabetes Need to Do to Protect Their Heart," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of workup

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1939, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1903, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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work·​up | \ ˈwər-ˌkəp How to pronounce workup (audio) \

Medical Definition of workup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an intensive diagnostic study a gastrointestinal workup a psychiatric workup

work up

transitive verb
\ ˌwər-ˈkəp, ˈwər- How to pronounce work up (audio) \

Medical Definition of work up (Entry 2 of 2)

: to perform a diagnostic workup upon work up a patient

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