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 An autopsy will be performed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Federal inmate dies in custody of north Alabama jail," 15 Mar. 2020 The state honored requests that autopsies not be performed from all those inmates. Washington Post, "No autopsies performed on Tennessee’s electrocutions," 13 Feb. 2020 An autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner’s office Sunday to identify the victim and determine the cause of death, the statement said. BostonGlobe.com, "A man was found dead in the garage of a home in Northfield, N.H. early Saturday morning, authorities said.," 29 Dec. 2019 Hernandez said police were awaiting the results of an autopsy to shed light on the condition of the boy and the timeline of abuse. Fox News, "3 in Arizona arrested after death of boy, 6, who was allegedly kept in closet," 7 Mar. 2020 The remains are being sent for autopsy and positive identification, Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said. CBS News, "Missing toddler's remains believed to be found in Tennessee," 7 Mar. 2020 Some are collected to perform a necropsy (an autopsy for animals). Laura Klairmont, CNN, "When Maine's seals are in trouble, she gets the call," 5 Mar. 2020 No other information has been released pending an investigation and autopsy. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama prison system investigating apparent inmate suicide," 28 Feb. 2020 Three days later, an autopsy confirmed the body belonged to Krause, the authorities announced. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Missing Mennonite woman, 27, found dead 250 miles from her secluded community," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Autopsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autopsy. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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autopsy

noun
How to pronounce autopsy (audio)

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

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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