Au"top*sy (?), n. [Gr. , fr. seen by one's self; self + seen: cf. F. autopsie. See Optic, a.]


Personal observation or examination; seeing with one's own eyes; ocular view.

By autopsy and experiment. Cudworth.

2. Med.

Dissection of a dead body, for the purpose of ascertaining the cause, seat, or nature of a disease; a post-mortem examination.


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