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biopsy

[ bahy-op-see ]

noun

, plural bi·op·sies.
  1. the removal for diagnostic study of a piece of tissue from a living body.
  2. a specimen obtained from a biopsy.


verb (used with object)

, bi·op·sied, bi·op·sy·ing.
  1. to remove (living tissue) for diagnostic evaluation.

biopsy

/ ˈbaɪɒpsɪ; baɪˈɒptɪk /

noun

  1. examination, esp under a microscope, of tissue from a living body to determine the cause or extent of a disease
  2. the sample taken for such an examination


biopsy

/ ŏp′sē /

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


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Derived Forms

  • bioptic, adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of biopsy1

First recorded in 1890–95; bi- 2 + -opsy 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of biopsy1

C20: from bio- + Greek opsis sight

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Example Sentences

Called digital PCR, it is also employed in so-called liquid biopsies to spot signs of cancer in a blood draw.

Neither biopsies nor MRIs show anything of note in muscles supposedly affected with knots.

A small sample of cells is taken from an animal, usually via biopsy, and then fed a broth of nutrients.

The first procedure was in 1985—a neurosurgical biopsy using a PUMA 560 robotic surgical arm.

The doctor needs to balance acting on intuition versus harming a patient by doing biopsies that aren’t needed.

On the day he had his lung biopsy – an invasive and uncomfortable procedure – Linda asked whether it had bothered him very much.

I had my bilateral back in March, after an ugly biopsy result.

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.

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