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biopsy Syllabification: bi·op·sy
Pronunciation: /ˈbīˌäpsē/

Definition of biopsy in English:

noun (plural biopsies)

An examination of tissue removed from a living body to discover the presence, cause, or extent of a disease.
Example sentences
  • Microscopic examination of the gastric biopsies revealed the presence of cellular infiltrate in the mucosa and submucosa.
  • Ultrasound examination and core biopsies confirm the diagnosis.
  • In these cases, mistakes frequently are made during examination of endoscopic biopsies.


Late 19th century: coined in French from Greek bios 'life' + opsis 'sight', on the pattern of necropsy.

Words that rhyme with biopsy

heterodoxy • orthodoxy
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