Definitions for Biopsyˈbaɪ ɒp si

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. biopsy(noun)

    examination of tissues or liquids from the living body to determine the existence or cause of a disease


  1. biopsy(Noun)

    The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.

  2. biopsy(Verb)

    To take a sample (a biopsy) for pathological examination.

    They biopsied the lump but it turned out to be non-cancerous.

  3. Origin: From biopsie.


  1. Biopsy

    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

  1. Biopsy

    Removal and pathologic examination of specimens in the form of small pieces of tissue from the living body.

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