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



BrE BrE//ˈɔːtɒpsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːtɑːpsi//
(pl. autopsies) Solving crime, Death
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an official examination of a dead body by a doctor in order to discover the cause of death synonym post-mortem an autopsy report to perform an autopsy See related entries: Solving crime, Death Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘personal observation’): from French autopsie or modern Latin autopsia, from Greek, from autoptēs ‘eyewitness’, from autos ‘self’ + optos ‘seen’.Extra examples The autopsy revealed that he had been poisoned. The diagnosis was confirmed by autopsy. They carried out an autopsy on the victim.
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