noun, plural nec·rop·sies.

the examination of a body after death; autopsy.

verb (used with object), nec·rop·sied, nec·rop·sy·ing.

to perform a necropsy on.

Origin of necropsy

1855–60; necr- + -opsy1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for necropsied


necroscopy (nɛˈkrɒskəpɪ)

noun plural -sies or -pies

another name for autopsy

Word Origin for necropsy

C19: from Greek nekros dead body + opsis sight
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Word Origin and History for necropsied



"post-mortem examination," 1839, from necro- + opsis "a sight" (see eye (n.)). As a verb, recorded from 1889.

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Medicine definitions for necropsied


[nĕkrŏp′sē, -rəp-]


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