Necropsied Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

necropsy

noun
nec·​rop·​sy | \ ˈne-ˌkräp-sē How to pronounce necropsy (audio) \
plural necropsies

Definition of necropsy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: autopsy sense 1 especially : an autopsy performed on an animal

necropsy

verb
necropsied; necropsying

Definition of necropsy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to perform an autopsy on

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Human autopsies are generally performed either to determine the cause of death or to observe the deadly effects of a disease for research or education purposes. Autopsies may be necessary when tracking an epidemic; they're also performed to discover whether a death might actually have resulted from murder, and if so, what evidence it might reveal that could help catch the murderer. Animal necropsies are actually more common than human autopsies, since a farmer with livestock is always concerned that whatever killed one animal not pose a threat to the others.

Examples of necropsy in a Sentence

Noun a necropsy failed to definitively establish a cause of death
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Autopsies performed on the family and a dog necropsy were deemed inconclusive. Fox News, 22 Oct. 2021 Wildlife officials were able to retrieve Monrovia’s body after some time, but a field necropsy was ultimately unable to determine the cause of death. Laura Anaya-morga, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Final necropsy results will be forthcoming in the upcoming months. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 The state's Department of Environmental Conservation's Wildlife Health Unit conducted a necropsy on Aug. 10. NBC News, 21 Sep. 2021 Eleven BB’s were found in the cat’s body after a necropsy at Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, the statement said. BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2021 Like with all animals who pass away at the zoo, a necropsy will be performed on Baya to determine her cause of death. Janine Puhak, PEOPLE.com, 12 Oct. 2021 McCarty's family has been notified, Smith added, and an autopsy as well as a necropsy on the dog will be performed. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, 28 Sep. 2021 Final necropsy results will be forthcoming in the upcoming months. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The dog weighed only four pounds and died of extreme starvation, according to the U of I necropsy findings. Naperville Sun Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, 8 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of necropsy

Noun

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for necropsy

Noun

necr- + -opsy (in autopsy), probably after French nécropsie

Verb

derivative of necropsy entry 1

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The first known use of necropsy was circa 1842

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22 Nov 2021

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Necropsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/necropsy. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for necropsy

necropsy

noun
nec·​rop·​sy | \ ˈnek-ˌräp-sē How to pronounce necropsy (audio) \
plural necropsies

Medical Definition of necropsy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: autopsy especially : an autopsy performed on an animal

necropsy

transitive verb
necropsied; necropsying

Medical Definition of necropsy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to perform an autopsy especially on an animal

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