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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. [1913 Webster] By autopsy and experiment. --Cudworth. [1913 Webster] 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