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

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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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 Elizabeth Joy Burger followed Skelton’s blog for months before working up the nerve to e-mail her. Sarah Stankorb, Marie Claire, "The Daughters' Great Escape," 15 June 2018 After working up an appetite, refuel with a fish fry dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. at 1755 North Calhoun Road,Brookfield. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This week it's all about the best of the fests in Milwaukee's western suburbs," 4 June 2018 After working up a sweat, Launiupoko Beach, on the highway 4 miles from Lahaina, is the perfect place to cool off. Michele Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle, "Three unforgettable bike rides around Maui," 7 Feb. 2018 After working up an appetite singing ’80s love ballads, head to Triple Crown, which serves dim sum until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and midnight the rest of the weekdays. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: Karaoke then late-night dim sum," 13 Oct. 2017 For those who like to work up a pre-swim sweat, the 1.5-mile trail through Great Rock Bight preserve in Chilmark can end with a splash in Vineyard Sound, while the private stretch of Squibnocket Beach (also in Chilmark) is a surfer's favorite. Alyssa Giacobbe, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: The Best of Martha's Vineyard," 13 June 2018 Cucumber, Lime, and Chile Agua Fresca Market Grill Fish Sandwiches Watching the fish-tossing action at Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market can work up an appetite. Sunset, "5 Favorite Restaurant Recipes to Make at Home," 22 Jan. 2018 Keeping busy all day with Fourth of July celebrations can work up quite the appetite (and thirst). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Fried Twinkies, ribs and American beer: Fourth of July specials to hit up around Chicago," 4 July 2017

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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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