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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Autopsy  \Au"top*sy\,  n.  [Gr.  ?,  fr  ?  seen  by  one's  self  ?  self 
  +  ?  seen:  cf  F.  autopsie  See  {Optic},  a.] 
  1.  Personal  observation  or  examination;  seeing  with  one's  own 
  eyes;  ocular  view. 
 
  By  autopsy  and  experiment.  --Cudworth. 
 
  2.  (Med.)  Dissection  of  a  dead  body,  for  the  purpose  of 
  ascertaining  the  cause  seat,  or  nature  of  a  disease;  a 
  post-mortem  examination. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  autopsy 
  n  :  an  examination  and  dissection  of  a  dead  body  to  determine 
  cause  of  death  or  the  changes  produced  by  disease  [syn:  {necropsy}, 
  {postmortem},  {PM},  {postmortem  examination}] 
  v  :  perform  an  autopsy;  do  a  post-mortem 




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