What is autopsy?

  • (noun): An examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease.
    Synonyms: necropsy, postmortem, PM, postmortem examination
    See also — Additional definitions below


An autopsy—also known as a post-mortem examination, necropsy (particularly as to non-human bodies), autopsia cadaverum, or obduction—is a highly specialized surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. It is usually performed by a specialized medical doctor called a pathologist.

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More definitions of "autopsy":

  • (verb): Perform an autopsy on a dead body; do a post-mortem.