autopsy

noun
au·​top·​sy | \ ˈȯ-ˌtäp-sē, 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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According to the New Straits Times, an autopsy revealed the boy died as a result of electrocution. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Died After Reportedly Being Shocked by His Headphones," 10 Dec. 2018 An autopsy revealed that Stefaniak suffered a blunt force wound to the head and cuts on the neck and arms. Tamara Lush, The Seattle Times, "Costa Ricans arrest resort guard in death of Florida woman," 5 Dec. 2018 Officials do not know the baby's cause of death but said an autopsy would reveal more information, the Pioneer Press reported. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "Missing baby found dead near slough after 5-day search," 8 July 2018 Thomas Noguchi, the chief medical examiner for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, performed the autopsy. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 Police were awaiting the results of an autopsy to be performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "Police investigating death of boy, 6, in Southwest Philly," 12 July 2018 The autopsy released by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office said Kelley's cause of death is suicide from a single gunshot wound to the head. NBC News, "Autopsy confirms Sutherland Springs church gunman died by suicide," 1 July 2018 The bodies have been turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science, which will conduct autopsies to determine manner and cause of death for each of the victims. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "2 adults, 3 children, dead in Delaware shooting," 10 July 2018 The coroner's office will conduct an autopsy and toxicology testing on Niepokoj, whose cause of death has yet to be determined, the release said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Porter man found dead at rail crossing," 1 July 2018

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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, ˈȯt-əp- \
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- \
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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