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.
Dissection of a dead body, for the purpose of ascertaining the cause, seat, or nature of a disease; a post-mortem examination.
© Webster 1913.