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

Verb spent years working up a period novel that was historically accurate in every detail
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pediatricians should take two actions when a child appears to have delays or atypical muscle tone: send the child to physical or occupational therapy and refer the child to a specialist who can do a diagnostic workup looking for potential disorders. Tara Haelle, New York Times, "When Do Babies Roll or Crawl?," 16 Apr. 2020 After a 20-minute workup, the buck was injected with a reversal drug. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: SW Wisconsin CWD, deer and predator research project in final year of field work," 14 Mar. 2020 And in contrast to competing medical workups that pitch whole genome sequencing, Q Bio decided to analyze a panel of just 147 genes. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A startup aims to reimagine the executive physical — with Silicon Valley flourish and a $3,500 price tag," 20 Feb. 2020 There’s also the risk of false positives, if something turned up in a medical workup leads to unnecessary and potentially harmful follow-up testing or medical interventions. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A startup aims to reimagine the executive physical — with Silicon Valley flourish and a $3,500 price tag," 20 Feb. 2020 Doctors in starched white coats walk the hallways at a clip, darting to and from consultations and workups with clients. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Here's Why Spain's Sha Wellness Clinic Is One of the Best Spas in the World," 25 Dec. 2019 Orthodontist Maarten Broess grew alarmed after seeing three patients at his Boston and Brookline practices who were undergoing SmileDirect treatment without having X-rays first, a basic component of an orthodontic workup, Broess said., "They’re cheap and convenient, but mail order teeth aligners are also controversial. Now they have an unlikely promoter at Children’s Hospital - The Boston Globe," 22 Dec. 2019 Some health-care professionals worry that mindfulness is being pushed as a way of dealing with chronic pain in lieu of medical workups to find the underlying cause. Michelle Cortez | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Mindfulness," 13 June 2019 To see if early heart disease may be a factor in your ED, Bankstein suggests a full workup at the doctor. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Erectile dysfunction may predict strokes and heart attacks," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pringles, ‘Rick and Morty Commercial’ Remember when Rick and Morty made a joke about a McDonald’s dipping sauce that had been discontinued in the 1990s and people got so worked up about it the fast food chain actually brought it back? Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Watch All the Best Super Bowl Ads Right Now," 31 Jan. 2020 The German media is renowned for getting worked up over players showing off their wealth, previously coming down hard on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his collection of cars. Matias Grez, CNN, "Jadon Sancho criticized by German media for dining on $240 gold-plated steak," 15 Jan. 2020 Watching all the pirouettes and arabesques will surely work up your appetite. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Mark Hotel's Holiday Package May Be New York's Most Expensive at $250K," 15 Dec. 2019 But Beliebers shouldn't get all worked up just yet. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber is Probably NOT Dating Hailee Steinfeld, Okay?," 2 May 2017 The app provides daily workouts to help users work up their stamina for running. Mary Grace Metheny, Dallas News, "Hunkered-down health: Your guide to staying fit at home during the pandemic," 27 Mar. 2020 For countless survivors, escaping an abuser takes time—both to work up the conviction and resources to flee and to secure at least some basic housing. Bryce Covert, Glamour, "‘Home Is Not a Safe Place If You’re With an Abusive Partner’," 25 Mar. 2020 One young man is trying to work up his nerve; the other is afraid of making a wrong move. Los Angeles Times, "The walls bleed in this immersive, Halloween-season ‘Macbeth’," 11 Oct. 2019 The Pentagon has been ordered by President Trump to work up potential responses to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for September 18: Saudi Arabia, politics, weather, Cokie Roberts," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of workup

Noun (1)

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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“Workup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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
\ 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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