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noun fol·low–up \ˈfäl-ə-ˌwəp, ˌfäl-\

Medical Definition of follow–up

  1. :  maintenance of contact with a patient at one or more designated intervals following diagnosis or treatment especially to examine again or monitor the progress of therapy; also :  an instance of such contact At three-month and six-month follow-ups, he had only mild, residual facial swelling on the lower left side.—Meredith August et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 29 Dec. 2005


adjective a follow-up visit follow-up care When ovarian cancer is found, better follow-up procedures and more aggressive chemotherapy are prolonging remissions, even in women with advanced disease.—Mayo Clinic Health Letter, January 1992

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