from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as necroscopy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A post-mortem examination or inspection; an autopsy. See autopsy.

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  • noun The pathological dissection of a corpse; particularly to determine cause of death. Applicable to the examination of any life form.
  • verb The act of performing a necropsy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease


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From the Ancient Greek νεκρός (nekros, "dead") and όψις (opsis, "eye").


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  • 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! (

    mrissa: That stinks.

  • 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.

    scorpi07 Diary Entry

  • But the results of an animal autopsy on each dog, called a necropsy, were inconclusive, said American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan. Music briefs

  • 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." Top Stories

  • When an animal is dead, we perform a necropsy, which is an animal autopsy. News of the Underwater World

  • An animal autopsy, called a necropsy, was performed on the bison in the field with the help of two veterinarians.

    Columnist: Keith Groller

  • An animal autopsy, called a necropsy, was performed on the bison in the field with the help of two veterinarians.

    Columnist: Keith Groller

  • A necropsy is the term for a post-mortem examination performed on an animal or inanimate object.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • 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.



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  • "On January 2, a team of scientists ... began a necropsy—measuring and photographing the carcass and collecting blood and tissue samples that would later help them determine what the whale had been suffering from."

    --Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, 232

    May 1, 2008

  • Stedman's Concise Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions lists it as a synonym for autopsy.

    August 3, 2008

  • It is not exactly a synonym for autopsy. Autopsy comes from the greek, auton, meaning "self". Necropsy is properly applied to animals, autopsy to humans. Confusion in this regard vexes me greatly.

    September 23, 2008

  • Old Yeller died not from the dropsy.

    The lump that they found in necropsy

    Was a radio playing

    His musical baying

    And tuned to the Grand Old Opry.

    March 12, 2016

  • I'm devastated that our old bunny buddies Cottontail, Flopsy and Mopsy couldn't get a gig in this limerick.

    March 13, 2016

  • I had not been informed of their demise. A case of drunken joyriding, I expect. I will look into the matter.

    March 13, 2016

  • I cannot confirm that Peter, Cottontail, Mopsy and Flopsy are eligible for necropsy, but I have learned more of their story.

    It has been many a long year since I last consulted the tale of Peter and company. If, like me, you need to refresh your memory, you can do so here.

    The seeds of the unhappiness to come are evident in this seemingly innocent history. Note, for instance, that Mrs Rabbit is guilty of euphemism of criminal proportion in warning against going to Farmer McGregor's garden : '...your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.'

    What followed was inevitable and sadly familiar.

    As youngsters undoubtedly cute,

    But grown they are broken-home fruit.

    It's what to expect

    From mother's neglect

    And a dad who departed en croute.

    Now Flopsy, that infamous floozy,

    Like Mopsy is idle and boozy.

    That wretch Cottontail

    Is headed for jail

    But Pilfering Pete's the true doozy.

    Mere cuteness is no sturdy crutch

    And social work didn't help much.

    So mired in bad habits

    This sad clan of rabbits

    Will do some hard time in the hutch.

    March 14, 2016

  • WOTD includes this sentence among the EXAMPLES:
    "A necropsy is the term for a post-mortem examination performed on an animal or inanimate object."
    How can one determine the cause of death for something never alive?

    March 30, 2016

  • Wow, only just caught up on qms's fine work! Capital!

    March 30, 2016

  • No Disassemble! - Johnny 5

    March 30, 2016

  • Thank you, bilby. I had assumed the general silence was out of grief for lost innocence.

    March 30, 2016