An example of an autopsy is examining the victim of a murder to determine the cause of death.
- an examination and dissection of a dead body to discover the cause of death, damage done by disease, etc.; postmortem
- a detailed critical analysis of a book, play, etc., or of some event
Origin of autopsyMedieval Latin and Classical Greek autopsia, a seeing with one's own eyes from Classical Greek autos, self + opsis, a sight from ?ps, eye
transitive verb-·sied, -·sy·ing
- Examination of a cadaver to determine or confirm the cause of death. Also called necropsy . Also called postmortem . Also called postmortem examination .
- A critical assessment or examination after the fact: a post-election campaign autopsy.
transitive verbau·top·sied, au·top·sying, au·top·sies
Origin of autopsyGreek autopsiā a seeing for oneself auto- auto- opsis sight ; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
- au·top′sic au·top′si·cal
- The term necropsy is usually used for non-human animals, with autopsy reserved for human beings.
(third-person singular simple present autopsies, present participle autopsying, simple past and past participle autopsied)
- To perform an autopsy on.
- To perform an after-the-fact analysis of, especially of a failure.
From New Latin autopsia, from Ancient Greek αὐτοψία (autopsia, “seeing with one's own eyes”).
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