The definition of an autopsy is an examination of a dead body to determine how something or someone died.(noun)
An example of an autopsy is examining the victim of a murder to determine the cause of death.
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noun pl. autopsies
Origin: ML & Gr autopsia, a seeing with one's own eyes < Gr autos, self + opsis, a sight < ōps, eye
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noun pl. au·top·sies
Origin: Greek autopsiā, a seeing for oneself
Origin: : auto-, auto-
Origin: + opsis, sight; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
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