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[ig-zam-uh-ney-shuh n] /ɪgˌzæm əˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of examining; inspection; inquiry; investigation.
the state of being examined.
the act or process of testing pupils, candidates, etc., as by questions.
the test itself; the list of questions asked.
the answers, statements, etc., made by one examined.
Law. formal interrogation.
Origin of examination
1350-1400; Middle English examinacioun < Latin exāminātiōn- (stem of exāminātiō). See examine, -ation
Related forms
examinational, adjective
preexamination, noun
1. observation. Examination, inspection, scrutiny refer to a looking at something. An examination usually means a careful noting of details: A thorough examination of the plumbing revealed a defective pipe. An inspection is a formal and official examination: an inspection of records, a military inspection. Scrutiny implies a critical and minutely detailed examination: The papers seemed to be in good order, but they would not stand close scrutiny. See also investigation. Unabridged
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  • In 1873 I was a fourth-year man, going in for my Greats at the June examination.

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
  • The examination 631papers show the pet ideas of the examiners.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • I guessed that this was the governor's room, and we should be put through our first examination.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • An examination of his office by experts revealed the fact that he was wrong.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Doctor Gys had rather impatiently awaited the young man's return to consciousness that he might complete his examination.

British Dictionary definitions for examination


the act of examining or state of being examined
  1. written exercises, oral questions, or practical tasks, set to test a candidate's knowledge and skill
  2. (as modifier): an examination paper
  1. physical inspection of a patient or parts of his body, in order to verify health or diagnose disease
  2. laboratory study of secretory or excretory products, tissue samples, etc, esp in order to diagnose disease
(law) the formal interrogation of a person on oath, esp of an accused or a witness
Derived Forms
examinational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for examination

late 14c., "action of testing or judging; judicial inquiry," from Old French examinacion, from Latin examinationem (nominative examinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of examinare (see examine). Sense of "test of knowledge" is attested from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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examination in Medicine

examination ex·am·i·na·tion (ĭg-zām'ə-nā'shən)
An investigation or inspection for the purpose of diagnosis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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