- 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.
- to perform an autopsy on.
Origin of autopsy
- 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
1650s, "an eye-witnessing," from Modern Latin autopsia, from Greek autopsia "a seeing with one's own eyes," from autos- "self" (see auto-) + opsis "a sight" (see eye (n.)). Sense of "dissection of a body to determine cause of death" is first recorded 1670s, probably from the same sense in French autopsie (1570s).
- An examination of a cadaver in order to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes.necropsy postmortem postmortem examination
- A medical examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes.