From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Autopsy \Au"top*sy\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? seen by one's self; ? self
   + ? seen: cf. F. autopsie. See Optic, a.]
   1. Personal observation or examination; seeing with one's own
      eyes; ocular view.
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            By autopsy and experiment.            --Cudworth.
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   2. (Med.) Dissection of a dead body, for the purpose of
      ascertaining the cause, seat, or nature of a disease; a
      post-mortem examination.
      [1913 Webster] Autoptic
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