from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See autopsy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The pathological dissection of a corpse; particularly to determine cause of death. Applicable to the examination of any life form.
- v. The act of performing a necropsy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A post-mortem examination or inspection; an autopsy. See autopsy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as necroscopy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
The only difference between a necropsy and an autopsy is that the word necropsy is more usually applied to animals.
It took me YEARS to forget the smell of the dolphin necropsy I once observed! (
I've spent some time today contemplating why it is that what I always thought of as an autopsy is called a necropsy in all of my current working environments.
But the results of an animal autopsy on each dog, called a necropsy, were inconclusive, said American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan.
An autopsy on the whale, known as a necropsy, would have to be done to narrow down the cause of death, Anna Hall said Monday, "but I would think that based on the wounds that I saw, it was killer-whale predation."
An animal autopsy, called a necropsy, was performed on the bison in the field with the help of two veterinarians.
When an animal is dead, we perform a necropsy, which is an animal autopsy.
A necropsy is the term for a post-mortem examination performed on an animal or inanimate object.
A necropsy is a less romantic way of dealing with an elephant's death, but it does, at least, contribute to scientific knowledge of the physiology of the species, which is another kind of monument.
A necropsy is the right thing to do, but will it be worth the expense?