noun (plural biopsies)
- An examination of tissue removed from a living body to discover the presence, cause, or extent of a disease: a bone marrow biopsy [mass noun]: cirrhosis was confirmed by biopsyMore 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.
verb (biopsies, biopsying, biopsied)[with object] Back to top
- Conduct a biopsy on (tissue removed from a living body): the lesions may be malignant and should be biopsiedMore example sentences
- But there's controversy: Unlike shaved or excised moles, lasered ones can't be biopsied because no skin tissue is removed.
- Should they be systematically biopsied and removed, or can some just be left alone?
- New imaging technologies enable students to explore bodily structures without dissecting, while pathological studies can often be made on tissue located and biopsied in the living patient.
late 19th century: coined in French from Greek bios 'life' + opsis 'sight', on the pattern of necropsy.
More definitions of biopsyDefinition of biopsy in:
- The US English dictionary