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prescreen

[pree-skreen]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to screen in advance; select before a more detailed selecting process.
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Origin of prescreen

First recorded in 1965–70; pre- + screen

screening

[skree-ning]
noun
  1. the act or work of a person who screens, as in ascertaining the character and competence of applicants, employees, etc.
  2. the showing of a motion picture: There will be screenings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  3. screenings, (used with a singular or plural verb)
    1. undesirable material that has been separated from usable material by means of a screen or sieve: screenings of imperfect grain.
    2. extremely fine coal.
  4. the meshed material used in screens for windows and doors.
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Origin of screening

First recorded in 1715–25; screen + -ing1
Related formspre·screen·ing, noun
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Word Origin and History for prescreening

prescreen

v.

also pre-screen, 1952, of movies, from pre- + screen (v.). Related: Prescreened; prescreening.

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prescreening in Medicine

screening

(skrēnĭng)
n.
  1. The examination of a group of usually asymptomatic individuals to detect those with a high probability of having or developing a given disease.
  2. The initial evaluation of an individual, intended to determine suitability for a particular treatment modality.
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