necropsy

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Etymology[edit]

From necro- +‎ -opsy.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɛkɹɒpsi/, /nᵻˈkɹɒpsi/
  • Hyphenation: necr‧opsy

Noun[edit]

necropsy (plural necropsies)

  1. (medicine, veterinary medicine) The pathological examination of a corpse, particularly to determine cause of death. [from 19th c.]
    • 2011, Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of all Maladies, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 13:
      During the necropsy, he pored carefully through the body, combing the tissues and organs for signs of an abscess or wound.

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Verb[edit]

necropsy (third-person singular simple present necropsies, present participle necropsying, simple past and past participle necropsied)

  1. The act of performing a necropsy.

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