au·top·sy (ôtŏp′sē, ôtəp-)
n. pl. au·top·sies
1. Examination of a cadaver to determine or confirm the cause of death. Also called necropsy, postmortem, postmortem examination.
2. A critical assessment or examination after the fact: a post-election campaign autopsy.
tr.v. au·top·sied, au·top·sying, au·top·sies
To subject to an autopsy.
[Greek autopsiā, a seeing for oneself : auto-, auto- + opsis, sight; see okw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
au·topsic, au·topsi·cal adj.
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