from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Examination of a cadaver to determine or confirm the cause of death. Also called necropsy, postmortem, postmortem examination.
  • n. A critical assessment or examination after the fact: a post-election campaign autopsy.
  • transitive v. To subject to an autopsy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dissection performed on a cadaver to find possible cause(s) of death.
  • n. An after-the-fact examination, especially of the causes of a failure.
  • v. To perform an autopsy on.
  • v. To perform an after-the-fact analysis of, especially of a failure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Personal observation or examination; seeing with one's own eyes; ocular view.
  • n. Dissection of a dead body, for the purpose of ascertaining the cause, seat, or nature of a disease; a post-mortem examination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a post-mortem examination of; perform an autopsy on.
  • n. A seeing for one's self; personal ocular observation, inspection, or examination. Specifically
  • n. In pathology and anatomy, dissection and inspection of a dead body to discover the cause of death, or the site and character of the disease of which the person died; post-mortem examination; a post-mortem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. perform an autopsy on a dead body; do a post-mortem
  • n. an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease


Greek autopsiā, a seeing for oneself : auto-, auto- + opsis, sight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin autopsia, from Ancient Greek αὐτοψία (autopsia, "seeing with one's own eyes"). (Wiktionary)


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