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

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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 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

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This offense around him is such a disaster that even those like me who thought from the start Josh Rosen should start, can’t get too worked up over that idea anymore. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde10: Ten thoughts on Dolphins’ 43-0 loss to Patriots," 15 Sep. 2019 Each pen comes with five different disc options, starting with a super sensitive training disc and progressively working up to a very coarse disc option. Braelyn Wood,, "This At-Home Microdermabrasion Pen Is Your Anti-Aging Secret for Fine Lines," 11 Sep. 2019 The Planetary Society spent a decade working up to the LightSail 2 mission and scraping together the $7 million needed to get the project off the ground. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Bill Nye's experimental spacecraft that sails on sunlight declares mission success," 31 July 2019 Hinton has been worked up about its potential demolition for years. Elaine Ayala,, "Tourists flock to corner across the Alamo and fail to see the history there," 30 July 2019 Plus, given Grey's 14-year run, she's worked up more than her fair of share of experience. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Who Will Replace Lori Loughlin on 'When Calls the Heart?' Here Are 6 Popular Theories," 31 Mar. 2019 Its members usually came to Washington, D.C., for a few months to work up their specimens and confer with Baird before heading right back to the field, and Stimpson was the only constant, swinging from having a full house to enduring an empty one. Smithsonian, "The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club," 4 Sep. 2019 Staffing shortfalls are resulting in extreme overtime shifts, in which guards may work up to 16 hours a day. Larry Neumeister,, "Federal New York jail draws new scrutiny in Epstein death," 12 Aug. 2019 Staffing shortfalls are resulting in extreme overtime shifts, in which guards may work up to 16 hours a day. Larry Neumeister,, "Federal prison agency comes under scrutiny," 12 Aug. 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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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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