necropsy

noun
nec·rop·sy | \ˈne-ˌkräp-sē \
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

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 The cause of death initially was reported as a rare muscle disease by the facility after a necropsy (autopsy) by the facility’s veterinarians was completed. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Report: Alia the bottlenose dolphin died of a bacterial infection," 29 June 2018 Alaska Airlines management personnel informed the owners and were given approval to conduct a necropsy. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "The details of 40 animal deaths, injuries, losses aboard US airlines," 15 Mar. 2018 The rare pygmy sperm whale that washed up on an Ipswich beach and later died will be taken to the New England Aquarium for an necropsy, an official said. BostonGlobe.com, "Necropsy planned for rare pygmy sperm whale found on Ipswich beach," 13 June 2018 Authorities conducted a necropsy, which is essentially an autopsy for animals, and found Nola had suffered a broken leg, broken jaw and a broken spine. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Police searching for man they say killed girlfriend’s pet lizard," 30 May 2018 The troopers were transporting the bear's carcass to Fairbanks for a necropsy by biologists from the Department of Fish and Game. Casey Grove, Anchorage Daily News, "Troopers: Man dead in bear attack near Delta Junction," 7 June 2013 The zoo released test results from the necropsies of the two gorillas, Cassius and Naku. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo gorillas died from gastrointestinal infections, probably E. coli," 7 June 2018 During the necropsy, Brownlow and his team of scientists found a flimsy 2-inch square of plastic crumpled up in the harp seals’ stomach. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "How a Seal Pup Died With a Plastic Wrapper in Its Stomach," 31 May 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

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necropsy

noun
nec·rop·sy | \ˈnek-ˌräp-sē \
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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