biopsy

noun
bi·​op·​sy | \ ˈbī-ˌäp-sē How to pronounce biopsy (audio) \
plural biopsies

Definition of biopsy

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

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Other Words from biopsy

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.

Examples of biopsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the cyst doesn’t disappear, that means there is a solid component, in which case your doctor will likely perform a needle biopsy. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "What a Lump in Your Breast Could Mean (Besides Cancer)," 1 Oct. 2020 To find out whether that happened, uniQure will need to first confirm the tumor is cancerous with a biopsy, then analyze cellular samples for genomic changes. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Liver tumor in gene therapy recipient raises concerns about virus widely used in treatment," 22 Dec. 2020 Her parents’ retirement benefits offered some help, but hospital bills began adding up: the $759 consultation, the $5,998 mammogram and ultrasound, the $2,578 biopsy, the $2,174 for chemotherapy. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, "COVID stopped her parents from returning to China. Now her mom has cancer," 19 Dec. 2020 Lee Benson said his brother had lost some mobility after a biopsy in April, but continued to work in his office every day, as recently as last Wednesday. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "U.S. District Judge Dee Benson dies at age 72 from brain cancer," 30 Nov. 2020 Two weeks later, results of the biopsy came back and showed a malignant tumor. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "From cancer survivors to starters, Brodarious Hamm and Tashawn Manning share inextricable bond," 26 Nov. 2020 In a matter of days I would be asked to return for an ultrasound and then a biopsy. Eva Crawford, Glamour, "I Was 41 and Running 5Ks When I Was Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer," 27 Oct. 2020 This may include blood tests, imaging, and a taking a biopsy of the tumor. Texas A&m University, Chron, "PET TALK: Regular screening can help find cancer in large animals," 24 Oct. 2020 Those tests could include a biopsy of a suspiciously swollen lymph node, imaging tests (such as X-rays or MRIs) to look for signs of cancer inside the body, or blood tests to determine how advanced a particular case of lymphoma is. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Jeff Bridges Announced He’s Been Diagnosed With Lymphoma," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of biopsy

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biopsy

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

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18 Jan 2021

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“Biopsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biopsy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for biopsy

biopsy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of biopsy

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

biopsy

noun
bi·​op·​sy | \ ˈbī-ˌäp-sē How to pronounce biopsy (audio) \
plural biopsies

Medical Definition of biopsy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body
biopsied; biopsying

Medical Definition of biopsy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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