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necropsy

noun nec·rop·sy \ ˈne-ˌkräp-sē \

Definition of necropsy

plural necropsies
: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

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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.

First Known Use of necropsy

circa 1842

necropsy Synonyms

Synonyms
autopsy, postmortem, postmortem examination
Related Words
dissection
Near Antonyms
biopsy, vivisection

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necropsy

verb

Definition of necropsy

necropsied; necropsying
transitive verb
:to perform an autopsy on

First Known Use of necropsy

1927


Medical Dictionary

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necropsy

noun nec·rop·sy \ ˈnek-ˌräp-sē \

medical Definition of necropsy

plural necropsies
:autopsy; especially :an autopsy performed on an animal

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necropsy

transitive verb

medical Definition of necropsy

necropsied; necropsying
:to perform an autopsy especially on an animal


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