noun (plural autopsies)
- A post-mortem examination to discover the cause of death or the extent of disease: a Home Office pathologist carried out the autopsy [mass noun]: on autopsy it was established that he had suffered from a rare brain conditionMore 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 an autopsy on (a body or organ): the animal must be autopsied as soon as possible (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'.