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

  • n. The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.
  • n. A sample so obtained.
  • transitive v. To remove (tissue) from a living body for diagnostic purposes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.
  • v. To take a sample (a biopsy) for pathological examination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Examination, for diagnostic purposes, of a piece of tissue severed from the living body.

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

  • n. examination of tissues or liquids from the living body to determine the existence or cause of a disease

Etymologies

From French biopsie. (Wiktionary)

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