biopsy

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Etymology[edit]

From French biopsie, from Ancient Greek βίος ‎(bíos, life) + ὤψ ‎(ṓps, eye).

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biopsy ‎(plural biopsies)

  1. The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.
    We will need to perform a biopsy to determine whether the tumour is malignant or benign.

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biopsy ‎(third-person singular simple present biopsies, present participle biopsying, simple past and past participle biopsied)

  1. To take a sample (a biopsy) for pathological examination.
    They biopsied the lump but it turned out to be non-cancerous.

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