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autopsy

[ aw-top-see, aw-tuhp- ]
/ 藞蓴 t蓲p si, 藞蓴 t蓹p- /
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noun, plural au路top路sies.
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.
verb (used with object), au路top路sied, au路top路sy路ing.
to perform an autopsy on.

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Origin of autopsy

1645鈥55; (<Middle French autopsie) <Greek autops铆a a seeing with one's own eyes, equivalent to aut-aut- + 贸ps(is) -opsis + -ia-y3

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au路top路sist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for autopsy

autopsy
/ (藞蓴藧t蓹ps瑟, 蓴藧藞t蓲p-) /

noun plural -sies
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

C17: from New Latin autopsia, from Greek: seeing with one's own eyes, from auto- + opsis sight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for autopsy

autopsy
[ 么t艔p鈥瞫膿 ]

A medical examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes.
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