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prescreen

[pree-skreen] /priˈskrin/
verb (used with object)
1.
to screen in advance; select before a more detailed selecting process.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; pre- + screen

screening

[skree-ning] /ˈskri nɪŋ/
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.
Origin
1715-25; screen + -ing1
Related forms
prescreening, noun
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prescreen

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pre-screening in Medicine

screening 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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