biopsy

noun

bi·​op·​sy ˈbī-ˌäp-sē How to pronounce biopsy (audio)
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.

Examples of biopsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gut biopsies in five participants revealed what appears to be persistent virus, said Peluso, who is part of the LongCovid Research Consortium of the PolyBio Research Foundation (which helped fund the study). Isabella Cueto, STAT, 3 July 2024 Medical personnel is awaiting histology, biopsies, cultures, blood hematology and chemistry, and toxicology testing. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 14 June 2024 Enter a third, more palatable option: a blood test designed to screen for cancer, known in clinical terms as a liquid biopsy. Charlotte Hu, Vox, 4 June 2024 Following testing, seeing a specialist, and having a biopsy done of her lungs, she was diagnosed with Stage I sarcoidosis. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for biopsy 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biopsy was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Biopsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biopsy. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

biopsy

noun
bi·​op·​sy ˈbī-ˌäp-sē How to pronounce biopsy (audio)
plural biopsies
: the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body

Medical Definition

biopsy

1 of 2 noun
bi·​op·​sy ˈbī-ˌäp-sē How to pronounce biopsy (audio)
plural biopsies
: the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body

biopsy

2 of 2 transitive verb
biopsied; biopsying
: to perform a biopsy on
the intestinal polyps were removed and biopsied
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