1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Autopsy

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AUTOPSY (Gr. αὐτός, self, and ὄψις, sight. investigation), a personal examination, specifically a post-mortem ("after death") examination of a dead body, to ascertain the cause of death, &c. The term "necropsy" (Gr. νεκρός, corpse) is sometimes used in this sense. (See Coroner and Medical Jurisprudence.)