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
- 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.
- To make a post-mortem examination of; perform an autopsy on.
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)