What does screening mean?

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ˈskri nɪŋscreen·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. screening, showing, viewingnoun

    the display of a motion picture

  2. screeningnoun

    fabric of metal or plastic mesh

  3. cover, covering, screening, maskingnoun

    the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it

    "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"

  4. screeningnoun

    testing objects or persons in order to identify those with particular characteristics


  1. Screeningnoun

    the process of examining or testing objects methodically to find those having desirable properties. See screen. In the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical screening involves testing a large number of samples of substances to find those having desirable pharmacological activity; those samples which have the property sought are called active or positive in the screen. The substances tested may be pure compounds with known structure, mixtures of pure compounds, or complex mixtures obtained by extraction from living organisms. There are often additional sets of test performed on active samples, called counterscreening to eliminate those samples that may also possess undesirable properties. In the case of screening of mixtures from living organisms, a type of counterscreening called dereplication is usually performed, to determine if the active sample contains a known compound which has previously been studied.


  1. screeningnoun

    Mesh material that is used to screen (as in a "screen door").

    I'll have to buy some screening and fix the doors before mosquito season starts.

  2. screeningnoun

    The process of checking or filtering.

    The airports are slow now because the pre-boarding screening is so inefficient.

  3. screeningnoun

    The showing of a film

  4. screeningnoun

    The examination and treatment of a material to detect and remove unwanted fractions

  5. screeningnoun


  6. screeningnoun

    Material removed by such a process


  1. screening

    Screening refers to the process of evaluating or investigating something as part of a methodical survey, to filter out options or to ascertain condition, quality, or characteristics. This term is commonly used in various fields such as healthcare, entertainment, and human resources. In health care, it refers to tests done to detect potential health disorders or diseases. In HR, it is the process of evaluating job applicants. In entertainment, it can refer to the showing of a film, video or play.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Screening

    of Screen


  1. Screening

    Screening, in medicine, is a strategy used in a population to identify an unrecognised disease in individuals without signs or symptoms. This can include individuals with pre-symptomatic or unrecognised symptomatic disease. As such, screening tests are somewhat unique in that they are performed on persons apparently in good health. Screening interventions are designed to identify disease in a community early, thus enabling earlier intervention and management in the hope to reduce mortality and suffering from a disease. Although screening may lead to an earlier diagnosis, not all screening tests have been shown to benefit the person being screened; overdiagnosis, misdiagnosis, and creating a false sense of security are some potential adverse effects of screening. For these reasons, a test used in a screening program, especially for a disease with low incidence, must have good sensitivity in addition to acceptable specificity. Several types of screening exist: universal screening involves screening of all individuals in a certain category. Case finding involves screening a smaller group of people based on the presence of risk factors. Screening interventions are not designed to be diagnostic.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of screening in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of screening in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of screening in a Sentence

  1. David Weinberg:

    If the goal of screening is disease prevention, as it generally is for colorectal cancer, it is not clear when screening should start, too early and the yield of screening will be very low since young people are still less likely to get colorectal cancer than older people.

  2. William Dahut:

    At the ACS, we recommend if you’re at average risk, you start screening at age 45, usually, then your subsequent screening is based on the results of that screening test.

  3. Otis Brawley:

    There's a tendency in the US to think that every screening test is great. Unfortunately there are screening tests that actually cause more harm than good, in the 1960s and 1970s, we stopped doing chest X-ray screening for lung cancer because, after 20 years of doing it, we finally got around to doing an assessment and we found the death rates were higher in the screened versus the unscreened group.

  4. Amy DeGroff:

    CDC encourages health care professionals to help minimize delays in testing by continuing routine cancer screening for women having symptoms or at high risk for breast or cervical cancer, the Early Detection Program can help women overcome barriers to health equity by educating them about the importance of routine screening, addressing their concerns about COVID-19 transmission, and helping them to safely access screening through interventions like patient navigation.

  5. Barbara Warren:

    We do know that a percentage of LGBT people avoid and delay screening and care because of fear about or experience of stigma, discrimination or simply lack of knowledge about LGBT people and their health amongst providers, if you avoid or delay screening and care and you have an issue that may be precancerous, by the time you get into screening and care you’re there because it has become acute and you already have a progressed disease.

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  • suojaus, tarkastusFinnish
  • protection, projectionFrench
  • סְרִיקָהHebrew
  • triagemPortuguese
  • экрани́рование, засло́нка, экраниза́ция, отбо́р, скри́нинг, просмо́трRussian
  • perlustracija, skrining, projekcija, probirSerbo-Croatian
  • screeningSwedish

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