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case study

a study of an individual unit, as a person, family, or social group, usually emphasizing developmental issues and relationships with the environment, especially in order to compare a larger group to the individual unit.
Origin of case study
1930-35 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for case study
  • It actually makes a great case study on what someone can do long term.
  • The idea here is to create a case study that grounds the experience in sets of details that would matter in your discipline.
  • Watching the kitchen during the hectic rush of dinner service presented a case study in industrial and organizational psychology.
  • Lane uses shyness as his case study of disease-mongering in psychiatry.
  • Actual case study after actual case study tells us this is how it's done.
  • He cites one case study that he fears will be a model for the future.
  • Popularizing the obscure fruit and making it a sensation has been a case study in entrepreneurship.
  • Apple's progress is the quintessential case study of vision.
  • The resulting map provided a founding case study for epidemiology.
British Dictionary definitions for case study

case study

the act or an instance of analysing one or more particular cases or case histories with a view to making generalizations
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case study in Medicine

case study n.

  1. A detailed analysis of a person or group, especially as a model of medical, psychiatric, psychological, or social phenomena.

  2. An exemplary or cautionary model; an instructive example.

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