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 New England Aquarium said in a statement that a necropsy revealed the porpoise’s liver and other organs had been compromised by an unusually high number of parasites. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Pregnant porpoise dies on Dorchester Bay shore during the last nor’easter," 10 Mar. 2018 Scientists from the Marine Mammal Center, California Academy of Sciences, Point Reyes National Seashore and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration participated in the necropsy, the Journal reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Blue whale found on California coast died from ship strike, scientists say," 20 June 2018 University of Georgia After that, scientists ran a battery of tests: a full necropsy, a CT scan and magnetic resonance imaging at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, researchers said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "He was hunting wild mushrooms. Instead he found a rare, inexplicable two-headed deer | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 United said in a previous statement to PEOPLE in response to news of Kokito’s necropsy. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Family of Kokito, French Bulldog that Died in United Overhead Bin, Reaches Settlement with Airline," 25 May 2018 The tribe, assisted by the Cascadia Research biologist, performed a necropsy on the beach. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Whale killed by ship near Neah Bay now a harvest celebration as Makah Nation prepares feast," 24 Aug. 2018 It was taken to a federal wildlife health lab in Madison, Wisconsin, for a necropsy. John Flesher, The Seattle Times, "Wolf taken to Isle Royale National Park this fall dies," 14 Nov. 2018 The necropsy found an ulcer in the wall of the animal's stomach that ultimately led to peritonitis. Luis Andres Henao, Fox News, "Giraffe, rhino deaths raise alarm at former Buenos Aires zoo," 22 Aug. 2018 Cause of death is undetermined, a necropsy performed by local VCA Animal Hospital. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "The details of 40 animal deaths, injuries, losses aboard US airlines," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of necropsy was circa 1842

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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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