[ wurk-uhp ]
/ ˈwɜrkˌʌp /
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a thorough medical diagnostic examination including laboratory tests and x-rays.
a tentative plan or proposal.
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Origin of workup

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase work up

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[ wurk-uhp ]
/ ˈwɜrkˌʌp /

noun Printing.
an undesirable deposit of ink on a surface being printed, caused by the forcing into type-high position of quads or other spacing material.

Origin of work-up

Noun use of verb phrase work up
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How to use workup in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for workup

work up

verb (tr, mainly adverb)
to arouse the feelings of; excite
to cause to grow or developto work up a hunger
(also preposition) to move or cause to move gradually upwards
to manipulate or mix into a specified object or shape
to gain knowledge of or skill at (a subject)
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Medical definitions for workup

[ wûrkŭp′ ]

A thorough medical examination for diagnostic purposes.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with workup

work up


Arouse emotions; see worked up.


Increase one's skill, status, or responsibility through effort, as in He worked up to 30 sit-ups a day, or She worked up to bank manager. Also see work one's way. [Second half of 1600s]


Intensify gradually, as in The film worked up to a thrilling climax. [Second half of 1600s]


Develop or produce by effort, as in Swimming always works up an appetite. [Second half of 1600s]

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