noun, plural au·top·sies.
verb (used with object), au·top·sied, au·top·sy·ing.
Origin of autopsy
Examples from the Web for autopsy
They had hoped the autopsy would show Brinsley had eaten something that would point them in the right direction.
As an autopsy has yet to be completed, the official cause of death remains unknown.Palestinian Cabinet Member Dies in Confrontation with Israeli Soldier|Creede Newton|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An autopsy found highly toxic cyanide levels in the blood of the not-so-dearly departed.
The autopsy report is expected to be completed in the next 24 hours.
The lawyer asserted that an autopsy of Sarbandi showed how the pen knife wound was itself not fatal.The Real Reason Iran Killed This Woman for Defending Herself|Eli Lake|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With this in mind they had persuaded the relatives of Rosalie to permit an autopsy.She Stands Accused|Victor MacClure
One such case seen only at autopsy had a rupture of the aorta just above the sinus of Valsalva and died of hemopericardium.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:|Louis Marshall Warfield
Did you have occasion to participate in the autopsy of the late President Kennedy?Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The lion has to assist at his autopsy,—rather hard, is n't it?Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.|Charles James Lever
Maud pronounced fit for military burial after Hill's autopsy.Friends of France|Various
British Dictionary definitions for autopsy
noun plural -sies
Word Origin for autopsy
Word Origin and History 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).