necropsy

noun
nec·​rop·​sy | \ ˈne-ˌkräp-sē How to pronounce necropsy (audio) \
plural necropsies

Definition of necropsy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: autopsy sense 1 especially : an autopsy performed on an animal

necropsy

verb
necropsied; necropsying

Definition of necropsy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to perform an autopsy on

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Human autopsies are generally performed either to determine the cause of death or to observe the deadly effects of a disease for research or education purposes. Autopsies may be necessary when tracking an epidemic; they're also performed to discover whether a death might actually have resulted from murder, and if so, what evidence it might reveal that could help catch the murderer. Animal necropsies are actually more common than human autopsies, since a farmer with livestock is always concerned that whatever killed one animal not pose a threat to the others.

Examples of necropsy in a Sentence

Noun

a necropsy failed to definitively establish a cause of death

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The station also reported that the puppies who did not survive would be sent to Midwestern University for necropsies. Fox News, "5 puppies found abandoned in duffel bag in an Arizona trash bin: officials," 18 July 2019 One morning Bartoszek invited me to a necropsy of a python the team had captured three weeks before. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, which cares for the bison herd, announced Brunhilda’s death Friday after a necropsy, according to The San Francisco Chronicle . San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Francisco bison named Brunhilda dies," 19 Aug. 2019 Officials hope that necropsies of the dead cetaceans will provide some answers; the investigation could reveal signs of plastic ingestion, sonar disturbances and other factors that might have led the animals astray. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Georgia Beachgoers Help Save Pod of Stranded Pilot Whales," 19 July 2019 Her body, spotted floating in the ocean on June 20, has been towed ashore for scientific necropsy in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 Among the changes, New York hired a state equine medical director, created a protocol for handling necropsies — for animals, the equivalent of an autopsy — and set rules for the use of certain medications. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Horse deaths at Santa Anita may have implications for entire racing industry," 22 June 2019 No suspicious results have emerged from any of the necropsies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hollendorfer attorney ‘pessimistic’ Del Mar will allow trainer to race," 9 July 2019 In that case, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trappers caught the alligator and performed a necropsy to find a hand and foot of the victim, Michael Ford II, 45, of Wauchula, in the alligator’s stomach. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Another Florida body found in the mouth of an alligator: report," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of necropsy

Noun

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for necropsy

Noun

necr- + -opsy (in autopsy), probably after French nécropsie

Verb

derivative of necropsy entry 1

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necropsy

noun
nec·​rop·​sy | \ ˈnek-ˌräp-sē How to pronounce necropsy (audio) \
plural necropsies

Medical Definition of necropsy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: autopsy especially : an autopsy performed on an animal

necropsy

transitive verb
necropsied; necropsying

Medical Definition of necropsy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to perform an autopsy especially on an animal

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