Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

biopsy

play
noun bi·op·sy \ˈbī-ˌäp-sē\

Simple Definition of biopsy

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of biopsy

plural

biopsies

  1. :  the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body

biopsy

transitive verb

Origin and Etymology of biopsy

International Scientific Vocabulary 2bi- + -opsy (as in autopsy)


First Known Use: 1895

Rhymes with biopsy

autopsy, necropsy


Medical Dictionary

1

biopsy

play
noun bi·op·sy \ˈbī-ˌäp-sē\

Medical Definition of biopsy

plural

biopsies

  1. :  the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body




2

biopsy

transitive verb bi·op·sy

Medical Definition of biopsy

biopsied

;

biopsying

  1. :  to perform a biopsy on <the intestinal polyps were removed and biopsied>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up biopsy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a block used as a base for a statue

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

august-macke-lady-in-a-green-jacket

Which of these is a synonym of namby-pamby?

energetic insightful insipid lithe
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ