autopsy

[aw-top-see, aw-tuh p-]
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noun, plural au·top·sies.
  1. inspection and dissection of a body after death, as for determination of the cause of death; postmortem examination.
  2. an analysis of something after it has been done or made.
verb (used with object), au·top·sied, au·top·sy·ing.
  1. to perform an autopsy on.

Origin of autopsy

1645–55; (< Middle French autopsie) < Greek autopsía a seeing with one's own eyes, equivalent to aut- aut- + óps(is) -opsis + -ia -y3
Related formsau·top·sist, noun
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postmortem, dissection, necropsy

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British Dictionary definitions for autopsy

autopsy

noun plural -sies
  1. Also called: necropsy, postmortem examination dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death
  2. an eyewitness observation
  3. 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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Word Origin and History for autopsy
n.

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).

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autopsy in Medicine

autopsy

tŏp′sē]
n.
  1. 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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autopsy in Science

autopsy

tŏp′sē]
  1. A medical examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes.
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