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Inspection

In medical terms, "inspection" means to look at the person or body part. It is the first step in a physical exam.

References

Mendiratta V, Lentz GM. History, physical examination, and preventive health care. In: Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, Lentz GM, Valea FA, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 7.

Taber's Medical Dictionary Online website. Inspection. www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/762104/0/inspection?q=Inspection. Accessed June 11, 2019.

Review Date 5/13/2019

Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.