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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Greek
Origin: autopsia 'act of seeing with your own eyes', from auto- ( AUTO-) + opsis 'sight'

autopsy

noun
     
au‧top‧sy plural autopsies [countable] especially American English
an examination of a dead body to discover the cause of death [= post mortem British English]
an autopsy report
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