Autopsy



inspection and dissection of a body after death, as for determination of the cause of death; postmortem examination.
an analysis of something after it has been done or made.
to perform an autopsy on.
Contemporary Examples

When the autopsy comes, all hell’s going to break loose,” Liza Minnelli told CBS, “so thank God we’re celebrating him now.
New Trial Of The Century? Marcia Clark July 1, 2009

To date, it has been found at autopsy in a variety of athletes, professional and amateur alike.
It’s Time to Quit Ignoring Sports Head Trauma’s Very Real Dangers Kent Sepkowitz February 1, 2012

Her autopsy showed signs of manual penetration, but no evidence of forced rape.
Why Retrying Amanda Knox Is Important Barbie Latza Nadeau March 26, 2013

As an autopsy has yet to be completed, the official cause of death remains unknown.
Palestinian Cabinet Member Dies in Confrontation with Israeli Soldier Creede Newton December 9, 2014

The autopsy report is expected to be completed in the next 24 hours.
The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras Romina Ruiz-Goiriena November 18, 2014

Historical Examples

Much as he disliked the necessity, it was incumbent on him to perform an autopsy.
The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner

There was nothing discovered at the autopsy to account for the death.
A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade

At autopsy at San Lazaro morgue, the same day, bubonic plague was found to be present and the cause of her death.
Plague Thomas Wright Jackson

There are different ways of beginning an autopsy such as this.
The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2) Alexandre Dumas pre

Sometimes his patients were dead when he reached them, and all his entreaties for an autopsy were in vain with the relatives.
On Snake-Poison: its Action and its Antidote A. Mueller

noun (pl) -sies
Also called necropsy, postmortem examination. dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death
an eyewitness observation
any critical analysis
n.

1650s, “an eye-witnessing,” from Modern Latin autopsia, from Greek autopsia “a seeing with one’s own eyes,” from autos- “self” (see auto-) + opsis “a sight” (see eye (n.)). Sense of “dissection of a body to determine cause of death” is first recorded 1670s, probably from the same sense in French autopsie (1570s).

autopsy au·top·sy (ô’tŏp’sē, ô’təp-)
n.
An examination of a cadaver in order to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes. Also called necropsy, postmortem, postmortem examination.
autopsy
(ô’tŏp’sē)
A medical examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes.

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