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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.
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

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-)
An examination of a cadaver in order to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes. Also called necropsy, postmortem, postmortem examination.
A medical examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes.


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