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autopsy

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noun au·top·sy \ˈȯ-ˌtäp-sē, ˈȯ-təp-\

Simple Definition of autopsy

  • : an examination of a dead body to find out the cause of death

Full Definition of autopsy

plural au·top·sies

  1. 1 :  an examination of a body after death to determine the cause of death or the character and extent of changes produced by disease —called also necropsy

  2. 2 :  a critical examination, evaluation, or assessment of someone or something past

autopsy transitive verb

Examples of autopsy

  1. The coroner performed an autopsy on the murder victim's body.

  2. <the autopsy revealed an advanced stage of cancer>



Origin of autopsy

Greek autopsia act of seeing with one's own eyes, from aut- + opsis sight, appearance — more at optic


First Known Use: 1678

Rhymes with autopsy



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