noun (plural autopsies)
- A postmortem examination to discover the cause of death or the extent of disease: [as modifier]: an autopsy reportMore example sentences
- Medical examiners frequently perform autopsies if a death is deemed suspicious or unexplained.
- Medical Examiners are pathologists who have special training in death investigation and legal autopsies.
- There are two basic kinds of autopsy: the forensic autopsy and the medical autopsy.
verb (autopsies, autopsying, autopsied)[with object] Back to top
- Perform a postmortem examination on (a body or organ): (as adjective autopsied) an autopsied brainMore example sentences
- These bodies were autopsied secretly.
- When his body was autopsied he had several broken bones and possible internal injuries.
- The central idea of his work came to him as he autopsied the body of a notorious Italian criminal.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'personal observation'): from French autopsie or modern Latin autopsia, from Greek, from autoptēs 'eyewitness', from autos 'self' + optos 'seen'.