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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Renteria calmly walked out to speak with home-plate umpire Will Little and never appeared too worked up during the conversation. Colleen Kane,, "After ejection, White Sox's Rick Renteria offers some support, criticism for Yoan Moncada," 20 June 2018 Those who often got worked up to a crisis point were taught coping mechanisms. The Economist, "The patients who call emergency services dozens of times a year," 1 May 2018 The change, approved unanimously by commissioners, allows developers of single-family homes and apartments with projects already in the works up to 18 months to pay the previous impact fees rather than the higher fees that took effect Tuesday. Martin E. Comas,, "Seminole gives developers 18-month break on new school impact fees," 10 Apr. 2018 Kardashian continues to work up a sweat in Cleveland after her doctor cleared her to exercise weeks after welcoming her baby girl. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Khloé Kardashian Reveals 6-Week Post-Baby Body After Sweaty Workout Makes Her Feel 'So Good'," 24 May 2018 The crowd on these tours tend to love the outdoors, but also prefer to reserve their energy for other activities like dining and wine tasting and not to work up too much of a sweat. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Best Day Trips from Seattle," 17 May 2018 Having worked up an appetite, the seniors were ready for the next presenters, registered dietician Stacy Kosmen and executive chef Phu Lu. Staff Report,, "Kick-starting a fitness program: Norridge seniors take part in health and wellness fair," 4 June 2018 Fager has spent more than 35 years at CBS News, working up from low-level producer to chairman of the network’s news division. Brian Flood, Fox News, "‘60 Minutes’ honcho Jeff Fager's reported attempt to shut down sex misconduct story shows 'hypocrisy,' experts say," 31 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of workup

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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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