Scrutiny is when you look at something really closely, like when you are checking a test for mistakes. Scrutiny can also be an intense look, like when your mother looks at you — trying to tell if you might be lying.

Scrutiny comes from the Latin scrutari, which means “to search,” but which originally meant, “to sort trash.” When you turn in a draft of your essay, you are subjecting it to your teacher's scrutiny — and there's a good chance that she'll find some sentences that can be "trashed" as well as sections that could be improved.

Definitions of scrutiny

n the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

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a methodical examination or review of a condition or situation
PM, autopsy, necropsy, post-mortem, post-mortem examination, postmortem, postmortem examination
an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
checkup, health check, medical, medical checkup, medical exam, medical examination
a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person
comparing, comparison
the act of examining resemblances
fine-tooth comb, fine-toothed comb
a method of examining in minute detail
follow-up, followup, reexamination, review
a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment
a careful and thorough inspection
look-over, once-over
a swift cursory examination or inspection
examination of the interior of an eye using an ophthalmoscope
palpation, tactual exploration
a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional)
visual examination of the interior of a hollow body organ by use of an endoscope
an examination of the front part of the eye to check the angle where the iris meets the cornea; it is used to distinguish between open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma
examination of the cornea with a keratoscope to detect irregularities in its anterior surface
examination of the nasal passages (either through the anterior nares or with a rhinoscope through the nasopharynx)
the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas
study, survey
a detailed critical inspection
an examination of the characteristics of something
motion study, time and motion study, time study, time-and-motion study, time-motion study, work study
an analysis of a specific job in an effort to find the most efficient method in terms of time and effort
inspection, review
a formal or official examination
bank examination
an examination of the affairs and records of a bank by a state or federal bank examiner
check, check-out procedure, checkout
the act of inspecting or verifying
a palpatory technique for feeling a floating object in the body (especially for determining the position of a fetus by feeling the rebound of the fetus after a quick digital tap on the wall of the uterus)
endoscopic examination of the abdomen through the abdominal wall
visual examination of the colon (with a colonoscope) from the cecum to the rectum; requires sedation
endoscopic examination of a woman's pelvic organs by the insertion of a culdoscope through the vagina
visual examination of the stomach by means of a gastroscope inserted through the esophagus
visual examination of the uterus and uterine lining using an endoscope inserted through the vagina
visual examination of the rectum and the end of the colon by means of a proctoscope
flexible sigmoidoscopy, sigmoidoscopy
visual examination (with a sigmoidoscope) of the lower third of the colon in a search for polyps
testing objects or persons in order to identify those with particular characteristics
the act of comparing similarities
drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement
a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison
the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
a new survey or study
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investigating, investigation
the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

n a prolonged intense look

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look, looking, looking at
the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

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