[ aw-top-see, aw-tuh p- ]
/ ˈɔ tɒp si, ˈɔ təp- /
noun, plural au·top·sies.
inspection and dissection of a body after death, as for determination of the cause of death; postmortem examination.
an analysis of something after it has been done or made.
verb (used with object), au·top·sied, au·top·sy·ing.
to perform an autopsy on.
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Origin of autopsy
OTHER WORDS FROM autopsyau·top·sist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for autopsist
/ (ˈɔːtəpsɪ, ɔːˈtɒp-) /
noun plural -sies
Also called: necropsy, postmortem examination dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death
an eyewitness observation
any critical analysis
Word Origin for autopsy
C17: from New Latin autopsia, from Greek: seeing with one's own eyes, from auto- + opsis sight
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Medical definitions for autopsist
[ ô′tŏp′sē ]
An examination of a cadaver in order to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes.necropsy postmortem postmortem examination
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Scientific definitions for autopsist
[ ô′tŏp′sē ]
A medical examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes.
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