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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Police said the 10-year-old was likely killed between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and preliminary evidence indicates she was strangled, though an autopsy would be performed to verify her cause of death. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Body of 10-year-old Indiana girl missing for days found in plastic bag in shed, stepmom arrested," 5 Sep. 2019 Barbara Sampson, the chief medical examiner in New York City, said an autopsy on Epstein was performed Sunday, and a ruling on the cause of death is pending. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Federal investigative team arrives at NY jail where Jeffrey Epstein died, will review if staff followed protocol," 14 Aug. 2019 An autopsy was performed Sunday but the cause of death was not revealed pending the results of other investigations. Fox News, "FDNY reviews reports of Epstein death leaked on 4Chan," 14 Aug. 2019 An autopsy was performed Sunday, but the manner in which Epstein killed himself has not been officially announced. Michael R. Sisak, BostonGlobe.com, "Epstein jail guards suspected of falsifying logs," 14 Aug. 2019 An autopsy has been performed, but the cause of his death has not been announced. Los Angeles Times, "Jeffrey Epstein accuser sues as questions about his death swirl," 14 Aug. 2019 An autopsy was performed Sunday, but the manner in which Epstein killed himself has not been officially announced. Michael Balsamo, The Denver Post, "Jeffrey Epstein jail guards suspected of falsifying logs, AP sources say," 14 Aug. 2019 An autopsy was performed Sunday, but the city's chief medical examiner said investigators were awaiting further information. Jim Mustian, Michael R. Sisak, Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "2 jail guards suspended and warden reassigned in wake of Epstein death," 13 Aug. 2019 New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner, Barbara Sampson, said in a statement that an autopsy of Epstein had been performed Sunday and that the determination of the cause of death awaited further information. Chris Strohm, Fortune, "Barr Says Prison Where Epstein Died Has ‘Serious Irregularities’," 12 Aug. 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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