noun \ˈbī-ˌäp-sē\

medical : the removal of tissue, cells, or fluids from someone's body in order to check for illness

plural bi·op·sies

Full Definition of BIOPSY

:  the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body
biopsy transitive verb

Origin of BIOPSY

International Scientific Vocabulary 2bi- + -opsy (as in autopsy)
First Known Use: 1895

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Rhymes with BIOPSY


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Procedure in which cells or tissues are removed from a patient and examined. The sample may be obtained from any organ, by any of several methods, including suction through a needle, swabbing, scraping, endoscopy, and cutting out the entire structure or part of it to be tested. Biopsy is a standard step in distinguishing malignant from benign tumours and can provide other information for diagnosis, particularly concerning such organs as the liver or pancreas. Slides of the tissue are prepared and examined by microscope.


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