An example of a biopsy is a surgery to remove a growth and examining what was removed to see if it is cancerous.
Origin of biopsyfrom bi(o)- + -opsis
transitive verb-·sied, -·sy·ing
- The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.
- A sample so obtained.
transitive verbbi·op·sied, bi·op·sy·ing, bi·op·sies
- bi·op′sic bi·op′tic
(third-person singular simple present biopsies, present participle biopsying, simple past and past participle biopsied)
- To take a sample (a biopsy) for pathological examination.
- They biopsied the lump but it turned out to be non-cancerous.
From French biopsie, from Ancient Greek βίος (bíos, “life”) + ὤψ (ops, “eye”).