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necropsy

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noun nec·rop·sy \ˈne-ˌkräp-sē\

Definition of necropsy

plural

necropsies

  1. :  autopsy 1; especially :  an autopsy performed on an animal

Examples of necropsy in a Sentence

  1. a necropsy failed to definitively establish a cause of death

Did You Know?

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.

Circa 1842

First Known Use of necropsy

circa 1842


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necropsy

verb nec·rop·sy

Definition of necropsy

necropsied

;

necropsying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to perform an autopsy on

1927

First Known Use of necropsy

1927


Medical Dictionary

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necropsy

play
noun nec·rop·sy \ˈnek-ˌräp-sē\

Medical Definition of necropsy

plural

necropsies

  1. :  autopsy; especially :  an autopsy performed on an animal


2

necropsy

transitive verb nec·rop·sy

Medical Definition of necropsy

necropsied

;

necropsying

  1. :  to perform an autopsy especially on an animal



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