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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Necropsy \Nec"rop*sy\, n. [Gr. nekro`s a dead body + ? sight: cf. F. n['e]cropsie.] (Med.) A post-mortem examination or inspection; an autopsy. See Autopsy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"post-mortem examination," 1839, from necro- + opsis "a sight" (see eye (n.)). As a verb, recorded from 1889.


n. (cx medicine veterinary medicine English) The pathological examination of a corpse, particularly to determine cause of death. (from 19th c.) vb. The act of performing a necropsy.


n. an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease [syn: autopsy, postmortem, PM, postmortem examination]

Usage examples of "necropsy".

At the necropsy the uterus was found adherent to the anterior wall of the abdomen and containing remnants of a putrid fetus with its numerous bones.

The ball was found loose in the pericardium, where it had fallen during the necropsy.

A necropsy revealed the presence of the subclavicular artery passing between the tracheal artery and the esophagus, compressing this latter tube and opposing the passage of food.

He put on his orange Racal space suit and opened up the monkeys under necropsy tent, feeling frustrated and sad, especially when all the monkeys turned out to be healthy.