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autopsy

noun

verb

Etymology summary

"an eye-witnessing", from Modern Latin autopsia, from Greek autopsia "a seeing...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Autopsy | post-mortem examination | necropsy | autopsia cadaverum | obduction

a highly specialized surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. It's usually performed by a specialized medical doctor... (41 of 4300 words, 7 images)

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Autopsy (disambiguation)

an examination of a corpse in order to determine cause of death. Autopsy may also refer to: Autopsy (band), a death metal band | Autopsy (film), a 2008 horror film | Macchie solari or Autopsy, a 1975 horror film | "Autopsy" (House), a 2005 episode of... (43 of 141 words, 9 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

autopsy | postmortem examination | necropsy [synonym]

postmortem dissection and examination of a dead body and its organs and structures. An autopsy may be performed to determine the cause of death, to ... (25 of 664 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/45129​/autopsy

Collins Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | necropsies [plural] | necropies [plural] | necroscopy [plural] | necropsy [synonym, sense-specific] | postmortem examination [synonym, sense-specific]

dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death | an eyewitness observation | any critical analysis (19 of 484 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/autopsy

Columbia Encyclopedia:

post-mortem examination | autopsy | post-mortem | post-mortem examinations

systematic examination of a cadaver for study or for determining the cause of death. Post-mortems use many methodical procedures to determine the ... (22 of 148 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0839877​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle] | necropsy | necropsies [plural]

a post-mortem examination to discover the cause of death or the extent of disease | perform an autopsy on (a body or organ) (22 of 120 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/autopsy

Merriam-Webster:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | necropsy [sense-specific] | postmortem [synonym, sense-specific] | postmortem examination [synonym, sense-specific] | dissection [similar, sense-specific] | biopsy [near antonym, sense-specific] | vivisection [near antonym, sense-specific]

an examination of a body after death to determine the cause of death or the character and extent of changes produced by disease | a critical ... (25 of 116 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/autopsy

Wiktionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle] | necropsy [synonym, sense-specific] | necrotomy [synonym, sense-specific] | postmortem [synonym, sense-specific]

A dissection performed on a cadaver to find possible cause(s) of death. | An after-the-fact examination, especially of the causes of a failure. | [transitive] To perform an autopsy on. | [transitive] To perform an after-the-fact analysis of, especially... (36 of 71 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/autopsy

New World Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle] | postmortem examination

an examination and dissection of a dead body to discover the cause of death, damage done by disease, etc.; postmortem | a detailed critical analysis ... (24 of 70 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/autopsy

American Heritage Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle] | necropsies [plural] | necropsy [sense-specific] | postmortem [sense-specific] | postmortem examination [sense-specific] | autopsic [adjective, related] | ...

Examination of a cadaver to determine or confirm the cause of death. | A critical assessment or examination after the fact | To subject to an autopsy. (25 of 68 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/autopsy

Random House Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle]

inspection and dissection of a body after death, as for determination of the cause of death; postmortem examination. | an analysis of something after ... (23 of 49 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/autopsy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

autopsy [countable] | autopsies [plural]

a medical examination of a dead person's body to find out why they died (14 of 39 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/autopsy

Cambridge Dictionary:

autopsy

the cutting open and examination of a dead body in order to discover the cause of death (17 of 36 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/autopsy

Encarta Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle] | necropsy [medicine, sense-specific, noun] | necropsies [medicine, sense-specific, noun, plural]

the medical examination of a dead body in order to establish the cause and circumstances of death | an exhaustive critical examination of something | ... (23 of 89 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587888​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

autopsy

First use: 1650s

Origin: "an eye-witnessing", from Modern Latin autopsia, from Greek autopsia "a seeing with one's own eyes", from autos- "self" + ... (20 of 46 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle]

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: (in the sense "personal observation"): from French autopsie or modern Latin autopsia, from Greek, from autoptēs "eyewitness", ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/autopsy

New World Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle]

Origin: Medieval Latin and Greek autopsia, a seeing with one's own eyes from Greek autos, self + opsis, a sight from ōps, "eye"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/autopsy

Collins Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural]

First use: 17th century

Origin: from New Latin autopsia, from Greek: seeing with one's own eyes, from auto- + opsis sight

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/autopsy

Merriam-Webster:

autopsy | autopsies [plural]

First use: 1678

Origin: Greek autopsia act of seeing with one's own eyes, from aut- + opsis sight, appearance

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/autopsy

American Heritage Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle]

Origin: Greek autopsiā, a seeing for oneself: auto-, auto- + opsis, sight; see okw- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/autopsy

Wiktionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle]

Origin: New Latin autopsia, from Ancient Greek αὐτοψία (autopsia, "seeing with one's own eyes").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/autopsy

Encarta Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: French or modern Latin from Greek autopsia "seeing with your own eyes" from autoptēs "eyewitness"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587888​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "autopsy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/autopsy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

autopsy [countable] | autopsies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "autopsy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/autopsy

Macmillan American Dictionary:

autopsy [countable] | autopsies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "autopsy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/autopsy

Cambridge Dictionary:

autopsy

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "autopsy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "autopsy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/autopsy

the Free Dictionary:

autopsy

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "autopsy"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "autopsy"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "autopsy" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/autopsy

Google Dictionary:

autopsy | autopsies [plural] | autopsied [past tense] | autopsying [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "autopsy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

autopsy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "autopsy"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=autops​01 word=autopsy

YourDictionary Audio:

autopsy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "autopsy" by speech synthesizer

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