Autopsy: aw'top-see. Origin - autopsia: seeing with one's own eyes

1. An examination of the organs of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study the pathologic changes present. Syn: necropsy, thanatopsy.

2. In the terminology of the ancient Greek school of emperics, the intentional reproduction of an effect, event, or circumstance that occurred in the course of a disease and observation of its influence in ameliorating or aggravating the patient's symptoms. Syn: postmortem examination.

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