autopsy

noun
au·​top·​sy | \ ˈȯ-ˌtäp-sē How to pronounce autopsy (audio) , ˈȯ-təp-\
plural autopsies

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

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Other Words from autopsy

autopsy transitive verb

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

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The Dominican Republic National Police announced that an autopsy found the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema. PEOPLE.com, "Another American Dies in the Dominican Republic: Leyla Cox, 53, Found Dead in Hotel Room," 15 June 2019 An autopsy found Keel had been shot three times — in his left calf, the right side of his chest and the back of his head. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Son of Harvey cop shot security guards, patron before being killed, sheriff's investigation finds," 14 June 2019 An autopsy found that Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, of Temple Hills and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, of Upper Marlboro, died after their lungs filled with fluid, leading to respiratory failure, according to the national police. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "For the Dominican Republic, 6 U.S. tourist deaths, the shooting of David Ortiz and a new image problem," 12 June 2019 An autopsy found the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs. CBS News, "3 Americans have mysteriously died at a Dominican Republic hotel," 5 June 2019 Dad, stepmom charged in starvation death boy in Indiana BLOOMINGTON — A man who carried his son's lifeless body into an Indiana hospital has been charged with murder after an autopsy found that the 12-year-old had been abused and starved to death. Chicago Tribune, Post-Tribune, "State briefs," 3 June 2019 The still-unidentified female died of multiple injuries from an assault, the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined after a Friday autopsy. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Homicide ruled in death of woman found on riverbed in Goose Island," 7 July 2018 Police said the death investigation is ongoing, pending results from the autopsy. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "3-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head after finding gun in family car, Missouri cops say," 27 June 2018 Her autopsy was done Friday, but the cause of death will not be released until the tests on samples taken during the examination are finished, authorities said. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutor: Charges not certain in 5th grader’s fight death," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of autopsy

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autopsy

Greek autopsia act of seeing with one's own eyes, from aut- + opsis sight, appearance — more at optic

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autopsy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of autopsy

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

autopsy

noun
au·​top·​sy | \ ˈȯ-ˌtäp-sē How to pronounce autopsy (audio) , ˈȯt-əp- How to pronounce autopsy (audio) \
plural autopsies

Medical Definition of autopsy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an examination of the body after death usually with such dissection as will expose the vital organs for determining the cause of death or the character and extent of changes produced by disease

called also necropsy, postmortem, postmortem examination

autopsy

transitive verb
autopsied; autopsying

Medical Definition of autopsy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to perform an autopsy on

autopsy

noun
au·​top·​sy | \ ˈȯ-ˌtäp-sē, -təp- How to pronounce autopsy (audio) \
plural autopsies

Legal Definition of autopsy

: an examination of a body after death usually involving dissection especially to determine the cause of death

called also post mortem, post mortem examination

Other Words from autopsy

autopsy transitive verb

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