[ bahy-op-see ]
/ ˈbaɪ ɒp si /
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noun, plural bi·op·sies.
the removal for diagnostic study of a piece of tissue from a living body.
a specimen obtained from a biopsy.
verb (used with object), bi·op·sied, bi·op·sy·ing.
to remove (living tissue) for diagnostic evaluation.
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Origin of biopsy

First recorded in 1890–95; bi-2 + -opsy1
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British Dictionary definitions for biopsy

/ (ˈbaɪɒpsɪ) /

noun plural -sies
examination, esp under a microscope, of tissue from a living body to determine the cause or extent of a disease
the sample taken for such an examination

Derived forms of biopsy

bioptic (baɪˈɒptɪk), adjective

Word Origin for biopsy

C20: from bio- + Greek opsis sight
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Medical definitions for biopsy

[ bīŏp′sē ]

The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.
A specimen so obtained.
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Scientific definitions for biopsy

[ bīŏp′sē ]

A sample of tissue removed from a living body by a medical provider for diagnostic purposes.
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