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[nek-rop-see] /ˈnɛk rɒp si/
noun, plural necropsies.
the examination of a body after death; autopsy.
verb (used with object), necropsied, necropsying.
to perform a necropsy on.
Origin of necropsy
1855-60; necr- + -opsy1 Unabridged
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  • necropsy protocols usually are incomplete and unsatisfactory in their descriptions of the heart.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
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noun (pl) -sies, -pies
another name for autopsy
Word Origin
C19: from Greek nekros dead body + opsis sight
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Word Origin and History for necropsy

"post-mortem examination," 1839, from necro- + opsis "a sight" (see eye (n.)). As a verb, recorded from 1889.

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necropsy in Medicine

necropsy nec·rop·sy (něk'rŏp'sē, -rəp-)
See autopsy.

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