autopsy, necropsy, postmortem, post-mortem, PM, postmortem examination, post-mortem examination(verb)
an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
perform an autopsy on a dead body; do a post-mortem
A dissection performed on a cadaver to find possible cause(s) of death.
An after-the-fact examination, especially of the causes of a failure.
To perform an autopsy on.
To perform an after-the-fact analysis of, especially of a failure.
personal observation or examination; seeing with one's own eyes; ocular view
dissection of a dead body, for the purpose of ascertaining the cause, seat, or nature of a disease; a post-mortem examination
Origin: [Gr. , fr. seen by one's self; self + seen: cf. F. autopsie. See Optic, a.]
An autopsy — also known as a post-mortem examination, necropsy, autopsia cadaverum, or obduction — is a highly specialized surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. It is usually performed by a specialized medical doctor called a pathologist. Autopsies are performed for either legal or medical purposes. For example, a forensic autopsy is carried out when the cause of death may be a criminal matter, while a clinical or academic autopsy is performed to find the medical cause of death and is used in cases of unknown or uncertain death, or for research purposes. Autopsies can be further classified into cases where external examination suffices, and those where the body is dissected and internal examination is conducted. Permission from next of kin may be required for internal autopsy in some cases. Once an internal autopsy is complete the body is reconstituted by sewing it back together.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
aw′top-si, n. personal inspection, esp. the examination of a body after death.—Also Autop′sia. [Gr.; autos, self, opsis, sight.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Postmortem examination of the body.
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The numerical value of autopsy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of autopsy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of autopsy in a Sentence
The evidence will show that the ultimate autopsy was wrong.
The autopsy report and the camera footage point to Elci dying as a result of a police bullet.
The audit will be more like an autopsy, we have to keep fighting and pressuring while there's still a margin.
He has been found, but unfortunately, dead, we don't know the cause of death yet; that will be determined by the autopsy.
In my professional opinion after viewing the scene, no foul play was involved. Official cause of death and manner of death are pending autopsy results.
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- autòpsiaCatalan, Valencian
- autopsi, obduktionDanish
- Obduktion, Leichenöffnung, AutopsieGerman
- διενεργώ νεκροψία, αυτοψία, διενεργώ αυτοψία, νεκροψίαGreek
- ruumiinavaus, obduktioFinnish
- boncolás, boncolHungarian
- 解剖, 検視Japanese
- autopsie, lijkschouwingDutch
- obdusere, obduksjonNorwegian
- sekcja zwłokPolish
- вскрыть, аутопсия, вскрыва́ть, вскрытие, вскрытие трупаRussian
- obdùkcija, razudba, autòpsijaSerbo-Croatian
- obduktion, obduceraSwedish
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