Simple Definition of autopsy
: an examination of a dead body to find out the cause of death
Full Definition of autopsy
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 : a critical examination, evaluation, or assessment of someone or something past
Examples of autopsy in a sentence
The coroner performed an autopsy on the murder victim's body.
<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
Legal Definition of autopsy
: an examination of a body after death usu. involving dissection esp. to determine the cause of death —called also post mortem, post mortem examination
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