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biopsy

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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 of biopsy

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


First Known Use: 1895

Rhymes with biopsy



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