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 Some health-care professionals worry that mindfulness is being pushed as a way of dealing with chronic pain in lieu of medical workups to find the underlying cause. Michelle Cortez | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Mindfulness," 13 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Beefy reindeer wrangler Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) has stuck around and is trying to work up the nerve to propose to Anna, and anthropomorphic snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) is still serving up comedic relief. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Elsa ventures into the unknown in Disney's pretty but messy ‘Frozen II’," 20 Nov. 2019 Some thought parents were getting too worked up over a routine snowstorm. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Snowstorm makes mess for Denver-area districts that kept schools open, then closed them early," 29 Oct. 2019 First, the design would only be able to work up enough momentum in space, a completely frictionless environment. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "A NASA Engineer Wants to Use a Particle Accelerator to Power Rockets," 11 Oct. 2019 And after working up an appetite at the club, stop by locally famous 24-hour R Thomas Deluxe Grill for a wide selection of healthy and hearty eats to satisfy vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike. Katey Ceccarelli, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Atlanta," 29 Oct. 2019 Such a beautiful day to play outside and work up a sweat with the help of this mate !!! Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears makes upside down look effortless in gravity-defying gymnastics videos," 29 Oct. 2019 Over the weekend, the actor received the Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Sam Heughan looks good even while working up a sweat. Claudia Harmata,, "Sam Heughan Shows Off Fit Figure and Says He’s ‘Back in the Sweat Sessions’," 19 Sep. 2019 Instead of working up a sweat, I could be found flipping through magazines in a waiting room filled with the silver-haired set. Tara Ellison, Woman's Day, "I Wear My Open Heart Surgery Scar Like a Piece of “New Jewelry”," 14 Sep. 2019 The 49ers’ undrafted rookie inside linebacker approached the field and saw All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman among a group of players already working up a sweat. Eric Branch,, "Azeez Al-Shaair’s resiliency and ability leads to spot on 49ers’ roster," 1 Sep. 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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“Workup.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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