Definition of biopsy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪɒpsi/

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 biopsy
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  • 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]
Conduct a biopsy on (tissue removed from a living body): the lesions may be malignant and should be biopsied
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  • 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.

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