autopsy an inspection and dissection of a body after death, usually to determine the cause of death. Also called necropsy, post-mortem examination. necromania an obsession with death or the dead. —necromaniac, n. necrophagy the practice of feeding on carrion. —necrophage, n. —necrophagous, adj. necrophilia, necrophilism an abnormal attraction, especially erotic, to corpses. —necrophile, necrophiliac, n. necrophobia 1. an abnormal fear of death. Also called thanatophobia. 2. an abnormal fear of corpses. —necrophobe, n. —necrophobic, adj. necropsy autopsy. necrotomy 1. the dissection of corpses. 2. the surgical excision of a piece of dead bone. —necrotomist, n. —necrotomic, adj. resurrectionism the exhuming and stealing of bodies from graves, especially for dissection; body snatching. —resurrection man, n. thanatophobia necrophobia, def. 1.