noun au·top·sy \ˈ-ˌtäp-sē, ˈ-təp-\

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

plural au·top·sies

Full Definition of AUTOPSY

:  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
:  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

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Rhymes with AUTOPSY


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