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scrub-up

[ skruhb-uhp ]
/ ˈskrʌbˌʌp /
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noun
the act of washing or bathing thoroughly, especially the aseptic washing by doctors, nurses, etc., before a surgical operation.
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Origin of scrub-up

First recorded in 1915–20
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scrub up

Thoroughly wash one's hands and forearms, as before performing surgery. For example, The residents had to scrub up in case they were called on to assist with the operation. [c. 1900]

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