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 Any athlete testing positive must go through a full cardiac workup before they are cleared. oregonlive, "Oregon State finds a seamless transition, and amazing results, in using Pac-12’s rapid-response COVID-19 testing platform," 21 Oct. 2020 Wolkoff's book is no psych workup of Melania Trump, 50, although the reader may come away with somewhat better insight into the character and personality of America's most elusive first lady since the 1940s. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "'What a fool I was': First lady's ex-best friend tells all in revenge book 'Melania & Me'," 30 Aug. 2020 And players who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies will receive an extensive workup on their heart and circulatory system to identify any potential underlying damage that could linger. Nick Moyle,, "As COVID-19 cases surge around state, Texas prepares to begin voluntary workouts," 13 June 2020 As part of the standard child abuse workup, Petska ordered a slew of additional tests, including full body X-rays and labs to screen for bleeding disorders that could lead to easy bruising. NBC News, "An ER doctor was charged with abusing his baby. But 15 medical experts say there's no proof.," 27 Jan. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How to use it: Start with a lower concentration and work up to daily use, as tolerated. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "The Skincare Dictionary: Every Ingredient Explained," 2 Oct. 2020 To start, use glycolic acid pads three times a week and work up to daily application. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Your Face: Tips, Treatments, and Serums," 2 Oct. 2020 Repeat this three times and work up to repeating this 10 times. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "Reduce back pain with this 5-minute home workout," 30 Sep. 2020 The fitness classes, which include yoga, cardio, strength training, and specialized workout classes, are led by some of the industry’s best trainers, giving you an effective way to work up a sweat from the comfort of home. Popular Science, "Take your at-home workout routine to the next level," 14 Sep. 2020 Begin with 20 seconds per leg and work up to one minute. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Balance and Speed Drills From an NHL Strength Guru," 19 Sep. 2020 The candidate must have at least five years of experience working in private households plus knowledge of another language — Spanish, Italian, or French — and should expect to work up to 12 hours a day, five days a week. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Get Paid Six Figures to Ski and Nanny in Aspen This Year," 8 Sep. 2020 Benton got some work up the depth chart during camp and the group and has a chance to make at a thin position. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns 53-man roster projection: Tough decisions at wide receiver highlight numbers game," 3 Sep. 2020 In addition to giving Wills time to work up to Garrett, Conklin will also get ready by going against him. cleveland, "Mack Wilson ‘definitely has a chance’ to return this season; Kevin Johnson could return fairly early in the year: Browns injury update," 22 Aug. 2020

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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 27 Oct. 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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