ex amination


the act of examining; inspection; inquiry; investigation.
the state of being examined.
the act or process of testing pupils, candidates, etc., as by questions.
the test itself; the list of questions asked.
the answers, statements, etc., made by one examined.
Law. formal interrogation.

1350–1400; Middle English examinacioun < Latin exāminātiōn- (stem of exāminātiō). See examine, -ation

examinational, adjective
preexamination, noun

1. observation. Examination, inspection, scrutiny refer to a looking at something. An examination usually means a careful noting of details: A thorough examination of the plumbing revealed a defective pipe. An inspection is a formal and official examination: an inspection of records, a military inspection. Scrutiny implies a critical and minutely detailed examination: The papers seemed to be in good order, but they would not stand close scrutiny. See also investigation.
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examination (ɪɡˌzæmɪˈneɪʃən)
1.  the act of examining or state of being examined
2.  education
 a.  written exercises, oral questions, or practical tasks, set to test a candidate's knowledge and skill
 b.  (as modifier): an examination paper
3.  med
 a.  physical inspection of a patient or parts of his body, in order to verify health or diagnose disease
 b.  laboratory study of secretory or excretory products, tissue samples, etc, esp in order to diagnose disease
4.  law the formal interrogation of a person on oath, esp of an accused or a witness

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Fr. examination, from L. examinationem, noun of action from examinare (see examine). Sense of "test of knowledge" is attested from 1610s; shortened form exam first attested 1848.
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examination ex·am·i·na·tion (ĭg-zām'ə-nā'shən)
An investigation or inspection for the purpose of diagnosis.

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