- 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
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.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
As an autopsy has yet to be completed, the official cause of death remains unknown.Palestinian Cabinet Member Dies in Confrontation with Israeli Soldier
December 10, 2014
An autopsy found highly toxic cyanide levels in the blood of the not-so-dearly departed.Beware of Japan’s “Black Widows”
November 20, 2014
The autopsy report is expected to be completed in the next 24 hours.The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras
November 19, 2014
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
October 29, 2014
When the last case died, a free case again, I performed my own autopsy.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The lion has to assist at his autopsy,—rather hard, is n't it?Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
There was nothing discovered at the autopsy to account for the death.A Master of Mysteries
L. T. Meade
Who is the physician that is going to undertake the autopsy?
There are different ways of beginning an autopsy such as this.
- 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 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).
- 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.