noun, plural au·top·sies.
verb (used with object), au·top·sied, au·top·sy·ing.
Origin of autopsy
noun plural -sies
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).