biopsy

noun bi·op·sy \ ˈbī-ˌäp-sē \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of biopsy

plural biopsies
: the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body

biopsy

transitive verb

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Matter examined in a biopsy is always taken from a living organism. Most biopsies are done by using a needle to extract tissue or fluid, but some may instead require cutting, and others may amount to nothing more than swabbing the inside of the patient's cheek. Biopsies are best known as a means of detecting cancer, but a doctor may also take a biopsy of heart muscle to investigate suspected heart disease, for example, or perform a biopsy on a pregnant woman to test for disorders in the fetus.

Origin and Etymology of biopsy

International Scientific Vocabulary 2bi- + -opsy (as in autopsy)


BIOPSY Defined for English Language Learners

biopsy

noun

Definition of biopsy for English Language Learners

  • medical : the removal of tissue, cells, or fluids from someone's body in order to check for illness


Medical Dictionary

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biopsy

noun bi·op·sy \ ˈbī-ˌäp-sē \

medical Definition of biopsy

plural biopsies
: the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body

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biopsy

transitive verb

medical Definition of biopsy

biopsied; biopsying
: to perform a biopsy on
  • the intestinal polyps were removed and biopsied


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