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Pronunciation: aw′top-sē


  1. An examination of the organs of a dead body to determine the cause of death or to study the pathologic changes present.
  2. 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.

Synonym(s): necropsy

[G. autopsia, seeing with one's own eyes]

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