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

Planning is underway to see if a necropsy can be performed. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Fifth North Atlantic right whale found dead in Canadian waters," 27 June 2019 With the release of its mortality reviews, Kentucky regulators have signaled a major shift from a period in which necropsies were provided without identifying details such as the horse's name, owner, trainer and track. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Horse fatality reports made public for first time by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission," 27 June 2019 Gabriel conducted a necropsy and found that his pet’s insides were filled with blood. National Geographic, "Illegal marijuana growers poison forests—these people fight back," 8 Apr. 2019 The spokesman added that Delta offered to conduct a necropsy, but was told by the owner to hold off. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Owner of dog who died during Delta layover accuses airline of 'cover-up'," 4 June 2018 The cause of death will be determined with a necropsy. Dallas News, "Dallas Zoo says 1-year-old giraffe who died Monday was to be transferred to a Canadian zoo," 17 June 2019 The doe’s carcass will undergo a necropsy at the Wildlife Health Lab. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Doe put down after attacking, seriously injuring 85-year-old woman in northwest Colorado," 12 June 2019 Jessie Huggins, of the Cascade Research Collective in Olympia, did a full necropsy on the orca Sunday morning. Anchorage Daily News, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 3 July 2018 The first was a partial necropsy of a whale in Resurrection Bay in 2006, the second was a calf near Homer in 2009. Alex Mccarthy, The Seattle Times, "Find allows for third sperm whale necropsy ever in Alaska," 13 Apr. 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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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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