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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of autopsy

plural autopsies

  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 in a sentence

  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


Law Dictionary

autopsy

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noun au·top·sy \ˈȯ-ˌtäp-sē, -təp-\

Legal Definition of autopsy

plural autopsies

  1. :  an examination of a body after death usu. involving dissection esp. to determine the cause of death —called also post mortem, post mortem examination

autopsy transitive verb




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