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 (ô′tŏp′sē, ô′təp-)
n. pl. au·top·sies
1. Examination of a cadaver to determine or confirm the cause of death. Also called necropsy, postmortem, postmortem examination.
2. A critical assessment or examination after the fact: a post-election campaign autopsy.
tr.v. au·top·sied, au·top·sying, au·top·sies
To subject to an autopsy.

[Greek autopsiā, a seeing for oneself : auto-, auto- + opsis, sight; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

au·top′sic, au·top′si·cal adj.
au′top′sist n.


(Medicine) a surgeon who specializes in conducting autopsies
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Sutter is, appropriately, an autopsist, an examiner of dead bodies; he is also a flagrant seducer whose unbridled sexual activities signify the dead-end of life in the flesh that finally renders him suicidal.