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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.
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(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.
Can see it on the motionless eyes, all around the long, dark hollows and creases of the face, on the elongated forehead, on the nose that juts out now, like an odd attachment, an afterthought; and on the swollen belly, and on the hair, though not because it's grey but because it's so unexpectedly straight--it, too, is bereft of life; drenched and matted, it hangs into that dull, lumpy surface called cheek by "the always bored, always sad autopsist.'