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noun, plural nec·rop·sies.
  1. the examination of a body after death; autopsy.
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verb (used with object), nec·rop·sied, nec·rop·sy·ing.
  1. to perform a necropsy on.
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Origin of necropsy

1855–60; necr- + -opsy1
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Related Words for necropsy

dissection, autopsy, postmortem, post, examination, necropsy, anatomy, operation, dismemberment, vivisection

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Historical Examples of necropsy

  • Necropsy protocols usually are incomplete and unsatisfactory in their descriptions of the heart.

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    Alfred Fabian Hess

British Dictionary definitions for necropsy


necroscopy (nɛˈkrɒskəpɪ)

noun plural -sies or -pies
  1. another name for autopsy
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Word Origin for necropsy

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


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

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necropsy in Medicine


(nĕkrŏp′sē, -rəp-)
  1. autopsy
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