Definitions for Biopsyˈbaɪ ɒp si
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bi•op•syˈbaɪ ɒp si(n.)(pl.)-sies
(n.)the removal for diagnostic study of a piece of tissue from a living body.
a specimen obtained from a biopsy.
(v.t.)to remove (living tissue) for diagnostic evaluation.
Origin of biopsy:
1890–95; bi -2+ -opsy
examination of tissues or liquids from the living body to determine the existence or cause of a disease
The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.
To take a sample (a biopsy) for pathological examination.
They biopsied the lump but it turned out to be non-cancerous.
Origin: From biopsie.
A biopsy is a medical test commonly performed by a surgeon or an interventional radiologist involving sampling of cells or tissues for examination. It is the medical removal of tissue from a living subject to determine the presence or extent of a disease. The tissue is generally examined under a microscope by a pathologist, and can also be analyzed chemically. When an entire lump or suspicious area is removed, the procedure is called an excisional biopsy. When only a sample of tissue is removed with preservation of the histological architecture of the tissue’s cells, the procedure is called an incisional biopsy or core biopsy. When a sample of tissue or fluid is removed with a needle in such a way that cells are removed without preserving the histological architecture of the tissue cells, the procedure is called a needle aspiration biopsy.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Removal and pathologic examination of specimens in the form of small pieces of tissue from the living body.
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