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work hardening

the toughening or strengthening of a metal by cold-working or another mechanical process.
Also called strain hardening.


[wurk-hahrd-n] /ˈwɜrkˌhɑrd n/
verb (used with object)
to toughen or strengthen (a metal) by cold-working or another mechanical process. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for work hardening
  • The reviewer is of the opinion that a work hardening program of six weeks is not indicated or medically necessary.
  • It also reported that the patient completed a chronic pain program and was recommended for a work hardening program.
  • Please advise the medical necessity of the proposed work hardening program regarding the above mentioned injured worker.
  • From a physical perspective, there is no observed indication that a work hardening program is medically necessary.
British Dictionary definitions for work hardening


(transitive) to increase the strength or hardness of (a metal) by a mechanical process, such as tension, compression, or torsion
Derived Forms
work-hardening, noun
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