autopsy

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noun au·top·sy \ˈȯ-ˌtäp-sē, ˈȯ-təp-\

Definition of autopsy

plural

autopsies

  1. 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. 2 :  a critical examination, evaluation, or assessment of someone or something past

autopsy

transitive verb

Examples of autopsy in a Sentence

  1. The coroner performed an autopsy on the murder victim's body.

  2. the autopsy revealed an advanced stage of cancer

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Origin and Etymology of autopsy

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


AUTOPSY Defined for English Language Learners

autopsy

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Definition of autopsy for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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autopsy

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noun au·top·sy \ˈȯ-ˌtäp-sē, ˈȯt-əp-\

Medical Definition of autopsy

plural

autopsies

  1. :  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


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autopsy

transitive verb au·top·sy

Medical Definition of autopsy

autopsied

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autopsying

  1. :  to perform an autopsy on


Law Dictionary

autopsy

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noun au·top·sy \ˈȯ-ˌtäp-sē, -təp-\

Legal Definition of autopsy

plural

autopsies

  1. :  an examination of a body after death usually involving dissection especially to determine the cause of death —called also post mortem, post mortem examination

autopsy

transitive verb


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