When your doctor gives you a physical exam, you can call it a checkup. During a checkup, you'll probably be weighed and have your blood pressure taken.

You might get a yearly checkup at your doctor's office, or go in for a checkup after a minor car accident, just to make sure you're okay. A routine visit to the dentist is also a checkup. The word checkup first appeared around 1920, from the idea that a doctor has a checklist of things to test or examine.

Definitions of checkup
  1. noun
    a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person
    synonyms: exam, examination, health check, medical, medical checkup, medical exam, medical examination
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    type of:
    examination, scrutiny
    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
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