What does Biopsy mean?

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Biopsy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Biopsy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Wendie Berg:

    If we know it’s always been there, we’re less likely to order a biopsy.

  2. Thomas Molinaro:

    When we biopsy the embryo for testing, this residual sperm can create interference which affects the fidelity of the testing. Using ICSI removes this contamination and results in better accuracy.

  3. Otis Brawley:

    If she starts screening at age 40, she increases the risk that she'll need a breast cancer biopsy that turns out with the doctor saying 'You don't have cancer, so sorry we put you through all this,'.

  4. Armando Giuliano:

    Older women tend to have( slow-growing) breast cancers and more medical problems than younger women and very often they do n’t die of breast cancer, frequently, they do n’t get chemotherapy because they would n’t tolerate it, and they are going to get hormone treatment no matter what you find in the biopsy.

  5. Alicia Rivera:

    I would actually dream about the party we would have, I would think about how amazing that would feel to see my mother go to the party instead of chemo. Alicia Rivera, Alicia Rivera, has an amazing story of survival.She was diagnosed at 18 with PC, and is now not only a survivor, but is also a nursing student and a curePC campaign participant too. It is very rare to be so young and get that diagnosis and also rare to be a PC survivor.Only 7 percent of those diagnosed with PC survive five years, and an estimated 49,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year, with more than 40,000 of them dying before the year ends, according to the American Cancer Society. I asked Rivera how she found out she had PC and how she coped with the diagnosis at 18. I was young, and so many people said to me they couldn't believe it.I have Crohn's disease, and I had my wisdom teeth extracted in October of 2011. I went into septic shock, and that's when doctors did a scan, they found the tumor, and doctors at first thought it couldn't be PC, but did a biopsy to be sure, and it came it back positive, stage 1 pancreatic cancer. Alicia Rivera said she was shocked and recalled thinking that she was going to die. Doctors performed surgery to remove half of her pancreas, taking with it her gallbladder, a bile duct, lympho nodes and half of her stomach. They then reconnected her intestines to the remaining portion of her stomach. She said she hopes her story will help others stay connected to their bodies and to be aware of potential warning signs. PC is considered the silent killer, because by the time you feel symptoms, the tumor is usually metastasized.

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