- An examination of the organs of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study the pathologic changes present.
- In the terminology of the ancient Greek school of empirics, 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.
[G. autopsia, seeing with one's own eyes]
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Examples: glitazone, GI cocktail, etc.