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 determined Hendrix died as a result of starvation, according to testimony by Huntsville police Investigator Julian Johnson at a preliminary hearing last year. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Parents indicted in starvation death of Huntsville-area toddler," 22 Feb. 2020 His cause of death has not been released, and an investigation is pending the results of an autopsy, CNN affiliate KNXV reported in January. Amanda Watts, CNN, "Kids' items inside storage unit rented by mother of missing Idaho children, report says," 6 Feb. 2020 The bodies were brought to the State Medical Examiner Office in Anchorage for an autopsy, and next of kin have been notified, troopers said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "3 family members found dead inside Palmer home, troopers say," 30 Jan. 2020 The Greenville Police Department has requested that the State Bureau of Investigation conduct a review of the incident and that an autopsy be performed in order to verify the cause of death. al, "Home invasion suspect dies in Greenville police custody," 7 Feb. 2020 An autopsy has been performed and the results are pending on a cause of death. Washington Post, "Officials reviewing if man’s death tied to Houston explosion," 7 Feb. 2020 For reasons that are not clear, no autopsy was performed; the King County medical examiner’s office said it was not authorized to provide information. NBC News, "She hoped to shine a light on maternal mortality among Native Americans. Instead, she became a statistic of it.," 6 Feb. 2020 Humphries said an autopsy was never performed on Tammy Daybell, so her body was recently exhumed. CBS News, "Idaho children still missing after "multiple deaths with strange circumstances"," 30 Jan. 2020 An autopsy was performed on Friday, when a coroner identified Manning, however, a cause of death has not been determined, according to police. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Body of Woman Missing Since November Found in U-Haul Truck in California," 13 Jan. 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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27 Feb 2020

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“Autopsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autopsy. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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