Definition of biopsy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbaɪɒpsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪɑːpsi//
(pl. biopsies) Operations, Medical examinations
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the removal and examination of tissue from the body of somebody who is ill/sick, in order to find out more about their disease See related entries: Operations, Medical examinations Word Originlate 19th cent.: coined in French from Greek bios ‘life’ + opsis ‘sight’. Wordfinderbiopsy, diagnose, examine, sample, scan, swab, symptom, test, ultrasound, X-ray
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