biopsy

noun
bi·op·sy | \ ˈbī-ˌäp-sē \
plural biopsies

Definition of biopsy 

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

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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.

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The officers then escorted Jalen and his mom to Navicent Health in Macon for his biopsy. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Police officers and K9s join boy with tumor to pray before his brain surgery," 13 July 2018 Doctors can’t always collect these kinds of tissue samples from living patients, particularly if their health is deteriorating rapidly and a biopsy procedure could be detrimental. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins among institutions embracing 'rapid autopsies'," 20 June 2018 That means some women undergo biopsies, surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation they may never have needed in the first place. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "New approach to breast cancer screening — tailoring guidelines for each patient — may save lives and money, study says," 5 July 2018 Robin Shine Maddox has racked up $160,000 in charges for biopsies, chemotherapy, medications and scans since being diagnosed with breast cancer in February. Sarah Gantz, chicagotribune.com, "Ever been depressed? Had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future," 3 July 2018 Buy Photo Robin Shine Maddox has racked up $160,000 in charges for biopsies, chemotherapy, medications and scans since being diagnosed with breast cancer in February. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "Ever been depressed? Had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future," 28 June 2018 Using a biopsy, researchers plucked rare cells custom-made by the immune system from inside tumors, but in numbers too small to help a patient on their own. Michelle Cortez, Bloomberg.com, "Immune-System Therapy Eradicated Breast Cancer in New Breakthrough," 4 June 2018 The test, known as a liquid biopsy, was used to screen for DNA from cancer cells and was able to detect 10 different cancers with good accuracy. Rory Smith, CNN, "Blood test offers hope of finding cancers before symptoms develop," 1 June 2018 Sometimes the condition may be misdiagnosed because if doctors do a biopsy, the results are normal. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Your child's runny nose may be because of acid reflux," 30 May 2018

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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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The first known use of biopsy was in 1887

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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 \
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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