Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Examination of a cadaver to determine or confirm the cause of death.
  • noun A critical assessment or examination after the fact.
  • transitive verb To subject to an autopsy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make a post-mortem examination of; perform an autopsy on.
  • noun A seeing for one's self; personal ocular observation, inspection, or examination. Specifically
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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