Definitions

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

  • n. See autopsy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The pathological dissection of a corpse; particularly to determine cause of death. Applicable to the examination of any life form.
  • v. The act of performing a necropsy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A post-mortem examination or inspection; an autopsy. See autopsy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as necroscopy.

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

  • n. an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease

Etymologies

From the Ancient Greek νεκρός (nekros, "dead") and όψις (opsis, "eye"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The only difference between a necropsy and an autopsy is that the word necropsy is more usually applied to animals.

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  • It took me YEARS to forget the smell of the dolphin necropsy I once observed! (

    mrissa: That stinks.

  • I've spent some time today contemplating why it is that what I always thought of as an autopsy is called a necropsy in all of my current working environments.

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  • But the results of an animal autopsy on each dog, called a necropsy, were inconclusive, said American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan.

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  • An autopsy on the whale, known as a necropsy, would have to be done to narrow down the cause of death, Anna Hall said Monday, "but I would think that based on the wounds that I saw, it was killer-whale predation."

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  • An animal autopsy, called a necropsy, was performed on the bison in the field with the help of two veterinarians.

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  • When an animal is dead, we perform a necropsy, which is an animal autopsy.

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  • A necropsy is the term for a post-mortem examination performed on an animal or inanimate object.

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  • A necropsy is a less romantic way of dealing with an elephant's death, but it does, at least, contribute to scientific knowledge of the physiology of the species, which is another kind of monument.

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  • A necropsy is the right thing to do, but will it be worth the expense?

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    March 30, 2016

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  • WOTD https://www.wordnik.com/word-of-the-day/2016/3/12 includes this sentence among the EXAMPLES:
    "A necropsy is the term for a post-mortem examination performed on an animal or inanimate object."
    How can one determine the cause of death for something never alive?

    March 30, 2016

  • I cannot confirm that Peter, Cottontail, Mopsy and Flopsy are eligible for necropsy, but I have learned more of their story.

    It has been many a long year since I last consulted the tale of Peter and company. If, like me, you need to refresh your memory, you can do so here.

    The seeds of the unhappiness to come are evident in this seemingly innocent history. Note, for instance, that Mrs Rabbit is guilty of euphemism of criminal proportion in warning against going to Farmer McGregor's garden : '...your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.'

    What followed was inevitable and sadly familiar.

    As youngsters undoubtedly cute,
    But grown they are broken-home fruit.
    It's what to expect
    From mother's neglect
    And a dad who departed en croute.

    Now Flopsy, that infamous floozy,
    Like Mopsy is idle and boozy.
    That wretch Cottontail
    Is headed for jail
    But Pilfering Pete's the true doozy.

    Mere cuteness is no sturdy crutch
    And social work didn't help much.
    So mired in bad habits
    This sad clan of rabbits
    Will do some hard time in the hutch.

    March 14, 2016

  • I had not been informed of their demise. A case of drunken joyriding,I expect. I will look into the matter.

    March 13, 2016

  • I'm devastated that our old bunny buddies Cottontail, Flopsy and Mopsy couldn't get a gig in this limerick.

    March 13, 2016

  • Old Yeller died not from the dropsy.
    The lump that they found in necropsy
    Was a radio playing
    His musical baying
    And tuned to the Grand Old Opry.

    March 12, 2016

  • It is not exactly a synonym for autopsy. Autopsy comes from the greek, auton, meaning "self". Necropsy is properly applied to animals, autopsy to humans. Confusion in this regard vexes me greatly.

    September 23, 2008

  • Stedman's Concise Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions lists it as a synonym for autopsy.

    August 3, 2008

  • "On January 2, a team of scientists ... began a necropsy—measuring and photographing the carcass and collecting blood and tissue samples that would later help them determine what the whale had been suffering from."
    --Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, 232

    May 1, 2008