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[chek-uhp] /ˈtʃɛkˌʌp/
a comprehensive physical examination:
He went to the doctor for a checkup.
an examination or close scrutiny, as for verification, accuracy, or comparison:
They gave the motor a checkup.
Origin of checkup
1885-90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase check up Unabridged
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  • Chime to the idea of getting another doc and a full checkup.
  • When they reach the island, the gorillas get a full checkup before their release.
  • Call in a qualified technician once a year to give the unit a checkup.
  • After a quick checkup, she returned to her normal life.
  • The disease was detected in a routine checkup five days earlier.
  • Someday your yearly checkup will show up in the mail as a syringe filled with smart serum.
  • It can read your vital signs, can tell you when it's time to have a checkup.
  • These blots usually indicate that a full physical checkup with a medical doctor may be wise.
  • Since these days no airplane can leave the ground without the direct permission of the military, the checkup is fairly easy.
  • Two months later he was back for his regular checkup.
British Dictionary definitions for checkup


an examination to see if something is in order
(med) a medical examination, esp one taken at regular intervals to verify a normal state of health or discover a disease in its early stages
(intransitive, adverb) sometimes foll by on. to investigate or make an inquiry into (a person's character, evidence, etc), esp when suspicions have been aroused
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Word Origin and History for checkup

also check-up, "careful examination," 1921, American English, from check (v.) + up (adv.), on notion of a checklist of things to be examined. The verbal phrase check up (on) is attested from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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checkup in Medicine

checkup check·up (chěk'ŭp')

  1. An examination or inspection.

  2. A general physical examination.

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