autopsy

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin autopsia, from Ancient Greek αὐτοψία (autopsía, seeing with one's own eyes).

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autopsy (plural autopsies)

  1. A dissection performed on a cadaver to find possible cause(s) of death.
  2. An after-the-fact examination, especially of the causes of a failure.

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  • The term necropsy is usually used for non-human animals, with autopsy reserved for human beings.

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autopsy (third-person singular simple present autopsies, present participle autopsying, simple past and past participle autopsied)

  1. (transitive) To perform an autopsy on.
  2. (transitive) To perform an after-the-fact analysis of, especially of a failure.

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