physical examination


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. physical change,
  2. physical chemistry,
  3. physical diagnosis,
  4. physical double star,
  5. physical education,
  6. physical geography,
  7. physical half-life,
  8. physical handicap,
  9. physical jerks,
  10. physical medicine

Origin of physical examination

First recorded in 1880–85

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British Dictionary definitions for physical examination

physical examination

noun

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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Medicine definitions for physical examination

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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