Autopsy meaning

ôtŏpsē, ôtəp-
The definition of an autopsy is an examination of a dead body to determine how something or someone died.

An example of an autopsy is examining the victim of a murder to determine the cause of death.

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Examination of a cadaver to determine or confirm the cause of death.
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A critical assessment or examination after the fact.

A post-election campaign autopsy.

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To subject to an autopsy.
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An examination and dissection of a dead body to discover the cause of death, damage done by disease, etc.; postmortem.
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To examine (a body) in this manner.
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Examination of a cadaver to determine or confirm the cause of death.
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To subject to an autopsy.
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A medical examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study pathologic changes.
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A detailed critical analysis of a book, play, etc., or of some event.
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The post-mortem examination of a human body, including its dissection and the removal and inspection of the major organs, to determine the cause of death.
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A dissection performed on a cadaver to find possible cause(s) of death.
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An after-the-fact examination, especially of the causes of a failure.
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To perform an autopsy on.
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To perform an after-the-fact analysis of, especially of a failure.
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Origin of autopsy

  • Greek autopsiā a seeing for oneself auto- auto- opsis sight okw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin autopsia, from Ancient Greek αὐτοψία (autopsia, “seeing with one's own eyes”).

    From Wiktionary