- the examination of a body after death; autopsy.
- to perform a necropsy on.
Origin of necropsy
1855–60; necr- + -opsy1
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Examples from the Web for necropsy
Necropsy protocols usually are incomplete and unsatisfactory in their descriptions of the heart.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
- another name for autopsy
C19: from Greek nekros dead body + opsis sight
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Word Origin and History for necropsy
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