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
Recent Examples on the Web The coroner's office will perform an autopsy to determine how Turnbow died. Lilly St. Angelo, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Aug. 2021 The body will undergo an autopsy at the Alabama Department of Forensics Sciences in Montgomery to determine the cause of death. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2021 The Philadelphia Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the identity of the body and the exact cause of death. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, 2 Aug. 2021 But there was a high-profile miss, too, in the 2009 autopsy of 87-year-old Bernice Novack, widow of Fountainbleau Hotel owner Ben Novack Sr. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 12 July 2021 Not far from the site, a veteran engineer hired by the town of Surfside planned an autopsy of the tower. Washington Post, 27 June 2021 As with Fyre, Smith’s devastating 2019 autopsy of the Fyre Festival, this portrait of a scandal is blessed with first-hand access to what happened, in the form of government wiretaps. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2021 The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office scheduled an autopsy of the woman for Wednesday. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2020 He was found dead in Baltimore County on Dec. 9, 2020, and an autopsy concluded that his death was the result of complications from the shooting 36 years earlier. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 5 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of autopsy was in 1678

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“Autopsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autopsy. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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