Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of following up, as to further an end or review new developments: The follow-up is often as important as the initial contact in gaining new clients. The social worker's emphasis on followup reassured her clients.
  • n. One that follows so as to further an end or increase effectiveness: The software was a successful follow-up to the original product.
  • n. An article or a report giving further information on a previously reported item of news.
  • adj. Intended to follow up, as to reinforce or evaluate previous action: a followup examination after the surgery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A subsidiary action taken as the result of an event.
  • n. A posted message on a newsgroup, etc. in reply to a previous one.
  • n. A shot on goal directly following another that has been saved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a second (or subsequent) action to increase the effectiveness of an initial action. Also used attributively.
  • n. A subsequent story providing information discovered or events happening after a first story was published.
  • n. Same as sidebar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an activity that continues something that has already begun or that repeats something that has already been done
  • n. a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment
  • n. a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work
  • n. a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work
  • n. an activity that continues something that has already begun or that repeats something that has already been done
  • n. a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment
  • v. increase the effectiveness or success of by further action
  • v. pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are based on long-term follow-up of participants in a large cancer-prevention trial known as Select.

    Vitamin E Is Linked to Prostate Cancer

  • If indeed his legendary father knew about the recurring rapes in his football team showers and only relied on an assistant to report it only to lower-level school officials, and only once -- and then never said another word of follow-up on the problem -- can we call that "a very high level of integrity, of morality?"

    Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.: Is the Media Whitewashing Joe Paterno?

  • A paper Tuesday in JAMA reports long-term follow-up from the SELECT trial.

    Alfred Neugut, M.D. Ph.D.: High-Dose Vitamins and Risk

  • I think the note of caution about long-term follow-up is very good, said Dr. Robin Blackstone, president-elect of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and a bariatric surgeon in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Teens' weight-loss surgery may weaken bones

  • Clemens urged two things: long term follow-up and comparison with villages in the MVP with other villages, both randomly selected.

    Millennium Villages Project: does the 'big bang' approach work? | Madeleine Bunting

  • Epstein-Barr virus and multiple sclerosis: Evidence of association from a prospective study with long-term follow-up.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • Over two decades ago, Davies sent shock waves through the alcoholism field by publishing the result of a long-term follow-up of patients treated for alcoholism at the Maudsley Hospital in London.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • "Now, they're confirming, with very long-term follow-up, the importance of radiation not just in preventing recurrences but in increasing your chance of being cured," he said.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The study added that longer term follow-up of the children is necessary to identify if there are any fertility issues or increased risk of cancer from chemotherapy drugs that damage DNA.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • CHICAGO - Among patients with acute coronary syndromes undergoing a procedure such as angioplasty, those who received platelet function tests before receiving antithrombotic therapy to determine appropriate clopidogrel dosing and who had high residual platelet reactivity platelets resistant to antithrombotic therapy were at an increased risk of an ischemic event at short- and long-term follow-up of up to 2 years, according to a study in the September 21 issue of

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