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physical examination

an examination, usually by a physician, of a person's body in order to determine his or her state of health or physical fitness, as for military service or participation in a sport.
Origin of physical examination
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for physical examination
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  • After she had finished he made a physical examination of her chest.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • We learned from our predecessors that we were there for physical examination.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • School doctors are employed to make a physical examination of the children.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
  • Abolition of physical examination of applicants for employment.

    United States Steel Arundel Cotter
  • So Harry took the physical examination and got the policy, payable to his estate.

    The Best Policy Elliott Flower
  • On August 13th the boys received their physical examination.

  • physical examination showed him to be quite thin and emaciated.

  • It was more inhuman and debasing than my first physical examination in public.

    Biltmore Oswald J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
  • I believe he took his physical examination for military service.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • New York has made adultery a crime; and the State of Washington requires a physical examination of the parties before marriage.

British Dictionary definitions for physical examination

physical examination

(med) the process of examining the body by means of sight, touch, percussion, or auscultation to diagnose disease or verify fitness
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physical examination in Medicine

physical examination n.
A medical examination to determine a person's health or physical fitness, especially for a specified activity or service.

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