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.
Origin of biopsy
First recorded in 1890–95; bi-2
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Contemporary Examples of biopsy
In the small living room where we last met, he seemed more gaunt than wiry, his ear bandaged after a biopsy.
Once a PSA test comes back with an abnormal result, a biopsy is required to make a diagnosis.
But he went forward with a painful biopsy, and then opted for surgery when the biopsy showed cancer.
A biopsy, in the majority of cases, reveals the blip to be benign.
British Dictionary definitions for biopsy
noun plural -sies
Derived Formsbioptic (baɪˈɒptɪk), adjective
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
Word Origin for biopsy
C20: from bio- + Greek opsis sight
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Word Origin and History for biopsy
1895, from French biopsie, coined by French dermatologist Ernest Besnier (1831-1909) from Greek bi- comb. form of bios "life" (see bio-) + opsis "a sight" (see eye (n.)). As a verb, from 1964.
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The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.
A specimen so obtained.
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A sample of tissue removed from a living body by a medical provider for diagnostic purposes.
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