noun (1)
work·​up | \ˈwərk-ˌəp \

Definition of workup 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: an intensive diagnostic study especially for medical purposes


noun (2)
\ˈwərk-ˌəp \

Definition of work-up (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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

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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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Simply allow your skin to be in contact with any natural conductors of the earth's electricity, working up to at least 30 minutes at a time (unfortunately, studies do not seem to have addressed how often grounding should occur). Carrie Dennett,, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 If these bearded men in untucked gingham/tartan/plaid shirts, working up the nerve to talk to the women, drinking lager and spouting B.S. about C.S. Lewis and H.P. Lovecraft are a cult, then so are most of the corner bars in metropolitan America. Gary Thompson,, "'The Endless': Something's brewing at a cult in this spooky-kooky indie | Movie review," 2 May 2018 At all hours inside the 17,000-square-foot fitness center at Cerner's new south Kansas City campus, employees mostly in their 20s or 30s work up a sweat. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "What companies want: millennials. What they're offering: massages, student loan help | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 The band appeared to vamp while Beyonce worked up her courage to descend the ladder. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Beyonce stranded on raised stage during a concert after a technical malfunction," 3 July 2018 Inside the ballroom, Vince spent the first half hour downing enough Cuba Libres and smoking enough Lucky Strikes to work up the courage to ask a girl for a dance. Edward Mcclelland, Chicago Reader, "Meet Resurrection Mary, the ghost of Archer Avenue," 26 June 2018 Too Historically, retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have gotten pretty worked up about Amazon Prime Day and offered their own defensive sales to try and steal some of Amazon's thunder. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How to Get Primed for Amazon Prime Day," 3 July 2018 The treatment regimen her doctors worked up was helping, but Toni was still too sick to go home. David Owens,, "Cinderella Moment: Hospital, Family Conspire To Get Ill Newington Senior To Her Prom," 19 May 2018 Burnham understands busy work schedules, family responsibilities and a lack of energy or motivation can all interfere with working up a sweat. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "CDC report: Only 1 in 5 Georgia adults getting enough exercise," 30 June 2018

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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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work·​up | \ˈwər-ˌkəp \

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- \

Medical Definition of work up (Entry 2 of 2)

: to perform a diagnostic workup upon work up a patient

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